Johannesburg, South Africa — 17 May 2013 – Plans for a strike over retrenchments at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) have been suspended, according to the workers’ committee, and miners reported for duty this morning despite earlier calls for a strike by some union leaders.
“We decided to wait until Friday to see how the company responds to the issue,” Fin24 quotes spokesperson Evans Ramokga as saying.
The committee, which led a strike in September, had said earlier that the strike would begin on Thursday night.
Ramokga said the company was not backing down on retrenchments, and workers had taken it upon themselves to fight. “Unions have done their part and negotiated on our behalf. Now the workers have decided to lead their cause. No one is happy about the retrenchments.”
After mass meetings at different shafts, workers had decided to go on strike.
“Workers are saying if Amplats cannot run the mines they must leave and surrender the mines to another company that will save jobs.”
Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said management was aware of the issues which had been raised by employees through the media.
“We encourage our employees to utilise the existing channels in place to address any labour issues and advise against illegal work stoppages, as these may lead to disciplinary action,” she added.
Sithole said all workers had reported for the morning shift today and there had been no trouble.
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