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Police to meet with Amcu ahead of strike

Amcu will down tools on Friday in opposition to massive retrenchments at Amplats.

A picture taken on October 6, 2012 shows workers standing outside an Amplats mine in Rustenburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - North West police say they will meet with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) today to set out picketing rules ahead of their strike at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).

Thousands of Amcu members will down tools on Friday in opposition to the restructuring process which will see 4,800 workers lose their jobs.

The Mine Crime Combating Forum, which was set up by Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega earlier this year, says it's prepared to crackdown on any violence, but is not expecting it.

Forum spokesperson Thulane Ngubane says, "All we're asking for is a peaceful demonstration. No weapons and everybody should respect their own marshals who will be guiding them".

Meanwhile, Amplats has warned the strike will place the company's future sustainability at risk.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole says the strikes and work stoppages will result in further losses which will definitely hamper plans for future sustainability.

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