Impala Platinum miners down tools

Around 3,000 miners did not show up to work after a colleague was dismissed.

About 3,000 miners didn’t show up to work after a colleague was dismissed at the Impala Platinum mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Around 3,000 miners at the Impala Platinum Holdings Mine in Rustenburg have downed tools.

The mine said on Tuesday miners went on the 'solidarity strike' after a colleague was dismissed on Monday following disciplinary action.

The mine's Bob Gilmour said the man was found guilty of assault.

"The workers didn't turn up at 14 shafts this morning and negotiations with workers will continue on Tuesday night."

Meanwhile, Lonmin said eight shop-stewards affiliated with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are facing disciplinary hearings for allegedly changing the union membership of about 200 workers.

The men are accused of falsifying certificates to make it seem as though some employees had left rival union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and joined their own.

Lonmin's Sue Vey said, "Employees discovered their membership certificates had been changed to represent another union and not the one they had chose themselves."

The two unions have been vying for majority control of the mine for months.

NUM has been given until next month to prove it's the majority union at Lonmin.