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Sit-in at Two Rivers mine

Aerial view of Two
Rivers platinum mine,
with the plant in the
foreground
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 20 October 2009 – More than 100 miners at the Two Rivers platinum mine “’ owned by African Rainbow Minerals and Impala Platinum “’ have staged an underground sit-in and demanded that a manager at the mine be fired.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ South Africa’s largest mineworkers’ union “’said workers at the mine had refused to leave underground where they had been working when their night shift ended. It added that another 500 workers had been unable to go underground to start their morning shift.

Reuters quotes the NUM as saying that the workers have called on mine officials to dismiss the manager, claiming that he fired four workers without proper justification.

Implats “’ the world’s second largest platinum producer “’ said last month that it expected to lose 100 000 ounces in output of platinum group metals (PGMs) in the financial year to end-June 2010 as a result of work stoppages during the recent wage strike, and following fatalities at its operations.

The company supplies a quarter of the world’s platinum.

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