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Miners call for Northam CEO's resignation

The miners unexpectedly downed tools before yesterday's night shift.

Northam Platinum's Zondereinde Mine. Picture: Northam Platinum.

JOHANNESBURG - Around 3,500 miners at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde Mine in Limpopo have called for the company's chief executive Paul Dunne to step down, accusing him of trying to get rid of the National Union of Minworkers.

The mineworkers unexpectedly stopped working before yesterday's night shift and the unprotected strike is still ongoing.

The company has issued a warning saying the "no work no pay" principle will apply and disciplinary action against them could follow.

Num spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu says the union supports the workers' demands.

More than 7,000 NUM members went on an 11-week wage strike that ended in January last year at the mid-tier platinum producer.

The wider platinum industry is still recovering from a sometimes violent five-month strike last year by NUM's arch rival the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, which hit Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, the world's top producers.

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