'Amplats miners won't return to work'

Strike leader Godfrey Lindani said the workers were unfazed by threats of dismissal.

Amplats miners said threats of dismissal from management do not faze them.

RUSTENBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners in the North West on Monday said they had no intention of returning to work, despite an ultimatum which could see them being fired.

Mine management gave thousands of striking workers until Wednesday to end an unprotected strike or face dismissal.

On Monday, the deadline was extended following a request from Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi, who is helping facilitate negotiations.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said a once-off payment offer to employees will only be on the table until Wednesday.

"The offer that is on the table, which is R4,000 to R5,000 with gross of tax, is the offer that management is sticking to."

But strike leader Godfrey Lindani said the workers were unfazed by threats of dismissal.

"We are not going to return [to work]. The only thing that they saying is that Anglo must pack and go. They [workers] do not want the emblem of Anglo in Rustenburg."

Vavi is believed to be consulting with the miners to end the strike.

The workers refuse to return to work until they receive their wage demand of R16,000 a month.