Amplats miners to intensify strike

Amplats miners have again gathered to step up their illegal strike for higher wages.

A police nyala monitors Amplats miners as they march to the Blesbok Stadium in Rustenburg. Picture:Govan Whittles/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners have again gathered on Wednesday to intensify their illegal strike for higher wages.

On Tuesday, workers rejected a deal brokered by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) with Amplats management, to have 12,000 dismissed miners reinstated on condition they ended their strike.

The miners said they would hold gatherings every week to make sure no one reported for duty.

They downed tools on 12 September demanding a basic salary of at least R16,000.

Miners on Tuesday taunted police officers and mine security guards who were monitoring their mass gathering at an Amplats mine shaft.

Strike leader Godfrey Lindani said the protest action would continue until mine management negotiated directly with workers

"We are waiting for them to put an offer on the table, then workers can go back to work."

He said there would be more clashes with police, because they did not intend to stop marching to Amplats shafts.

A total of 13 miners were arrested for public violence during a protest at one of the mine's substations.

But the committee representing striking workers in the North West said it was not intimidated by the arrests and would continue with their campaign to bring the company to its knees.

The mining sector has been gripped by wildcat strikes since Lonmin workers in Marikana ended their violent wage dispute with workers.