Implats expects wildcat strike to end
Around 2,000 workers downed tools at Impala Platinum's Marula Mine in Limpopo on Friday.
JOHANNESBURG - Impala Platinum (Implats) says it expects an unprotected strike by around 2,000 miners at its Marula mine in Limpopo to end today after the employees agreed to raise their grievances through recognised structures.
The miners, who are affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) , downed tools at the mine on Friday in apparent response to the deal secured by rival union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in Rustenburg on 23 June.
Marula was not affected by the Amcu strike because the NUM is the majority union.
Implats spokesman Johan Theron says they're confident the strike won't last much longer.
"It seems like there are some grievances that the workers want to address and they have obviously agreed to now raise that through formal structures. I am quietly confident that they will be back."
Around 70,000 Amcu-affiliated mineworkers embarked on a work stoppage in January, demanding a basic salary of R12,500 per month.
The strike cost the industry over R23,4 billion in lost earnings and brought the country to its knees, with an economic contraction in the first quarter of 2014 - the first since the 2009 recession.
It was also mentioned by ratings agency Standard & Poor's as one of the reasons South Africa's credit rating was downgraded.
South Africa accounts for 40 percent of global platinum output and the sector plays a significant role in the broader national economy.