CCMA asked to intervene in Amplats debacle

CCMA are arranging a date and time to facilitate discussions over the Amplats resructuring saga.

Miners wait outside the Khomanani Mine in Rustenburg on 17 January 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) said on Wednesday it's still deciding on a date to facilitate discussions over Amplats restructuring which could see 14,000 jobs lost.

Amplats announced plans to place four shafts under maintenance, and divest its union mine this week.

The miners stopped work on Tuesday, but reported for Wednesday's night shift after a mass meeting near the Khomanani shaft.

The CCMA's Nerine Kahn said they received a referral from the parties involved to intervene.

"We're arranging a date and time. This kind of process does have a law, which is over a 60 day period. While there is urgency in relation to calming situations, things will take some time to resolve."

Meanwhile Anglo Platinum said it has committed to talking to its employees regarding its restructuring plans.

The company's Mpumi Sithole said, "Our management is with staff throughout all our operations. All the meetings taking place are meetings where there's engagement on the issue currently facing the company."