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Amplats workers clash with police

Police fired rubber bullets, teargas and stun grenades as they clashed with Amplats miners on Tuesday.

Strike leaders from the North West met in Marikana on 13 October 2012, where they elected people to coordinate strikes from different mining companies. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Rubber bullets, teargas and stun grenades have again formed part of clashes between the police and striking Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) workers in Rustenburg.

The police's Dennis Adriao said about 1,000 workers barricaded roads during the early hours of Tuesday morning preventing fire trucks from extinguishing a fire they allegedly started at a substation.

"We're still in the area and we're maintaining our police visibility. There have been no arrests thus far."

This comes on the day that 12,000 dismissed Amplats workers were expected to resume their duties after management announced an agreement to resolve the workers wage demands.

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

However, strike leader Evans Ramokga said talks with management have failed to reach an agreement on the conditions of the reinstatement of the workers.

"The offer Anglo has given us includes the signing of final warnings and a letter of participation in illegal strikes, which were some of the things we did not agree upon."

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

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