Amplats miners down tools again

Amplats miners are not working because they might 14,000 employees might be retrenched.

File Picture: Amplats miners march to Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg on 6 October 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners in Rustenburg downed tools again on Tuesday as South Africa's mining industry reels from months of wildcat strikes which nearly crippled the economy in 2012.

Earlier, Amplats announced a massive restructuring campaign which will see the sale of its Union mine, the closure of four shafts and possible job losses for 14,000 employees.

The mining company's review has been met with despair by workers and unions who now face an uncertain future.

Amplats miners say they will not tolerate retrenchment and have embarked on an unprotected strike to bring the company to its knees.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) says it is shocked by Amplats' review.

Rival union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)'s president Joseph Mathunjwa says they are also surprised about the restructuring plans.

"We have not had a chance to speak to our members."

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has also slammed Amplats for not consulting with her department about its intentions until last week.