Murder and war talk as the
killing fields move to Amplats
“We are trying to observe discipline, but the government and the state needs to remember that a man on the edge of the cliff knows no reason. The management and the police are pushing these people into a corner, and then are telling them to comb their hair, while a noose is being tied around the workers’ necks.”
more information from today via Daily Maverick
My Questions to this issue:
Is that a labor dispute about
better social conditions for the miners?
or is it only a showdown between two rival unions –
the NUM and AMCU? or is this the beginning of the
final battle about the question:
Who is the owner of south Africa’s ore mines?
(Reuters) – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world’s biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through South Africa’s mining sector and beyond. (full text)
(TimesLive ZA) Anglo American Platinum’s decision to fire 12,000 striking workers has been met with mixed reaction. (full text)
Anglo American Platinum – Dismissed 12,000 Employees on Account of Illegal Strikes
update, 05 October 2012
Anglo American Platinum Limited (“Anglo American Platinum”) is providing an update on the ongoing illegal industrial action around its Rustenburg mining operations. It has been three weeks since the initial safety suspension and the subsequent industrial action by employees in the Rustenburg area.
Despite the company’s repeated calls for employees to return to work, we have continued to experience attendance levels of less than 20%. Currently four of the company’s mining operations in the Rustenburg area have insufficient staff to operate and only essential services are being carried out at those mines. Our Rustenburg concentrators, smelters and refineries and Bathopele Mine continue to operate normally.
Disciplinary hearings for striking Rustenburg mine employees have been completed and affected employees will be informed of the outcome of the hearings today. Those employees will have three working days to appeal the outcome. Approximately 12,000 striking employees chose not to make representations, nor attend the hearings, and have therefore been dismissed in their absence.
Anglo American Platinum also confirms that the company has begun to experience strike contagion at its Union and Amandelbult (Tumela and Dishaba) operations, where workers have presented memorandums of demands similar to those received in Rustenburg. The Union and Amandelbult Mines, including Mortimer Smelter, are not in operation due to insufficient attendance.
Anglo American Platinum confirms that as a result of the illegal industrial action of its employees and the initial safety suspension, total lost platinum production has amounted to 39,000 ounces, resulting in approximately R700 million of lost revenue.
Chris Griffith, Anglo American Platinum CEO, says: “The Company is committed to participating in the Platinum centralised engagement structures driven by the Chamber of Mines, as well as exploring the possibility of bringing forward wage negotiations within our current agreements.”
Anglo American Platinum continues to work with the local authorities and other stakeholders to support the restoration of law and order to the affected areas.”
Further updates will be provided when appropriate. For further information click (here)
The strike affected mines are located in the Bushveld Complex (BIC) it is a large ingenious intrusion within the Earth’s crust which has been tilted and eroded and now outcrops around what appears to be the edge of a great geoological basin, the Transval Basin. The BIC contains some of the richest ore deposits on Earth.
(Die bestreikten Minen liegen im Bushveld-Komlex und sind von geopolitischer Bedeutung, denn hier liegen die größten Erz-Lagerstätten der Welt.)