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Amplats gains upper hand in Amcu strike

Amplats has evidence of Amcu members intimidating non-striking workers and is suing the union for R600m.

Amplats has evidence of Amcu members intimidating non-striking workers and is suing the union for R600m. Picture: Gia Nocolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) says it has evidence that members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) are responsible for the intimidation of non-striking workers at its North West and Limpopo operations.

This will be presented in their lawsuit claim against the labour union.

Amplats announced last week that it would be suing Amcu for R600 million for losses incurred due to its workers not reporting for duty.

Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Thousands of Amcu members have been on strike at Amplats for nearly a month demanding a basic salary of R12,500.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa on the first day of the union's strike on the platinum belt on 23 January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said, "We have evidence of intimidating in the form of blocking of roads, throwing stones, damage to property and we have incurred increased costs of protection services for their overtime."

UNCERTAINTY OVER COURT SUMMONS

Amcu says it's uncertain when the legal claim will be heard as it's not yet been informed and is yet to receive a court summons.

The South Gauteng High Court issued the summons on behalf of Amplats on Friday.

Amcu members have clashed with police and mine security on several occasions with rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas being fired at picketing sites.

Striking workers at Amplats's Rustenburg mine. Govan Whittles/EWN.

Sithole said, "As soon as the summons has been served to Amcu the court will decide on when the process can start."

Amcu leaders have not been available for comment.

Meanwhile, talks between Amcu and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to end the strike were postponed on Friday as the union prepared to bury one of its members who was killed during a strike in Limpopo.

Shadow Ncedani was shot dead near Amplats's Swartklip mine last week allegedly by a policeman with an R5 rifle.

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