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Amplats warns Amcu

Anglo American Platinum says Friday’s strike by Amcu workers will have serious consequences.

Amplats miners march to Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A planned strike against restructuring will place future sustainability at risk, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Tuesday.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) served Amplats with a strike notice on Monday.

It plans to down tools on Friday.

The union is opposing restructuring at Amplats, which will see 4,800 people lose their jobs at Rustenburg mines.

The company has already started serving thousands of workers with retrenchment notices.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole says the Amcu strike will have serious consequences.

"These strikes and work stoppages will result in further loses that will definitely hamper the plans for future sustainability."

Sithole says restructuring is crucial so that the company can maintain the viability of its operations in the North West.

"The downsizing of the workforce is an unfortunate but necessary occurrence to ensure that the company survives."

Despite failing to prevent the strike through negotiations with Amcu, Amplats says it will continue talks after the workers down tools.