‘Amplats bosses gave us a raw deal’

12,000 dismissed Amplats workers will not be returning to work as expected.

Amplats workers marched in Rustenburg, demanding better wages on 5 October 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Some 12,000 dismissed workers at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Mine will not be returning to work on Tuesday as expected.

The miners, who were fired for failing to attend disciplinary hearings in connection with their illegal strike, were expected to be reinstated today - following a meeting between management and strike leaders on Friday.

But strike leader Evans Ramokgopa on Tuesday said talks with management had failed to reach an agreement on the conditions of the reinstatement of the workers.

Amplats workers embarked on illegal action on 12 September, demanding to be paid at least R16,000 per month.

He said management at the mine offered them a deal that required for them to sign final warning letters and forbids them from embarking on strike action again.

The Amplats strike was sparked by a violent wage dispute by their counterparts at Lonmin Mine in Marikana, also in the North West.