Johannesburg, South Africa — 22 May 2012 – As unprotected work stoppages continued at Impala Platinum this morning with most workers not reporting for duty at the company’s Rustenburg operation, management confirmed that it would be meeting with “worker leaders” today to explain their position and secure a return to work.
Implats reported last week that during a clash between rival unions, a company employee had been shot and wounded. The SA Police Service confirmed last night that they had issued warrants of arrest for some of the alleged perpetrators of violence, and had started arresting people.
Employees due to work night shift last night refused to proceed underground when they heard that some of their colleagues, essentially local “AMCU leaders” had been arrested.
Implats reports that rumours on the ground are that the arrests were prompted by the NUM and that workers plan to march to the Phokeng Police Station this morning to demand the release of their leaders.
“We have not received any demands from workers in relation to this work stoppage which in our view is as a result of continued union rivalry between the NUM and AMCU. Our first priority is the safety of our employees,” an Implats statement confirms.
“We condemn the use of violence and intimidation and call on all the parties to do the same and allow employees to freely exercise their democratic right to join whatever union they want to belong to. We have called on our employees to return to work and allow the law to take its course and for the violence to cease,” the statement adds.
Production will be impacted by 3,000 platinum ounces a day.
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