Amplats miners seek meeting with bosses

Striking Amplats miners have asked their leaders to meet with mine management.

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

RUSTENBURG - Striking Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners have asked their leaders to meet with mine management on Wednesday, to prevent more violent protests.

The workers have vowed to continue with their demonstrations at Amplats shafts, but say they first want to hear if their employers have a revised offer for them.

Miners embarked on strike action in September, over a basic salary of at least R16,000.

Strike leader Godfrey Lindani said the workers were still agitated by yesterday's violent clashes with police, at the company's Khuseleka shaft.

Police arrested 13 people after they managed to disperse the angry group.

Lindani said leaders had to calm the workers this morning.

He said previous talks with management had failed, and that miners were frustrated by the strikes' lack of progress.

"They want us to meet with management and hear what they have to say."

He said the workers told them management should not intervene with their strike campaign unless they were willing to offer them a suitable wage hike.

The North West miners will not say much about the demonstration they are planning, but it is believed they will try to vandalise more of Amplats property nearby.