Dismissed Amplats miners snub Cosatu

Amplats miners who were fired have snubbed Cosatu’s attempt to get them back into NUM folds.

Amplats miners march to Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Dismissed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) workers on Monday said a planned rally by Cosatu in Rustenburg is a ploy to bring the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) back into favour with them.

The trade union federation is planning a march to demand the reinstatement miners on Saturday and has called on all its affiliates to help it reclaim membership in the territory.

Majority of Amplats workers have been on strike for more than six weeks with 12,000 already dismissed for their involvement in the illegal mass action.

Cosatu's Zwelenzima Vavi said Saturday's rally is just the beginning of the campaign to help the miners.

"We shall lead a campaign to speed up the transformation of the conditions of the communities surrounding the mines."

But the miners' representative Thami Mdoda said the strike committee doesn't need Cosatu's help.

"This is their way of trying to bring NUM back into power again. But we, as the strike committee, are planning to talk to management before the rally happens."

Cosatu said it was committed to getting the disgruntled workers back into the fold and will be planning more rallies with its affiliates over the next few weeks.