Aerial view of the
Zondereinde plant
Cape Town, South Africa — 11 April 2013 – Striking workers at independent, mid-tier platinum producer Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine in Limpopo have ignored a court order to return to work, according to a company statement.

The company obtained an obtained an interdict from the labour court that declared the work stoppage illegal, and employees were served with the court order to resume work yesterday, following a sit-in that had started on April 2, reports Fin24. The strike relates to rock drill operators demanding bonus increases of about 38%.

"The dismissal of employees is a very last resort and follows management’s various appeals to the disaffected employees to resume their normal duties and to use the dispute resolution procedures which are available to them", the company statement declared, adding that it wanted to consult with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

“Management is trying to secure a meeting with the senior structures of the NUM, and welcomes any further talks at an operational level, it added.

Revenue losses amounting to R62.7 million were reported on Tuesday.

Northam, which is one of the country’s smaller platinum producers, managed to escape last year’s violent labour unrest unscathed.

Midday shares of Northam traded down 2.67% at R36.50.

Source: Fin24. For more information, click here.