Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 16 September 2010 – Anglo Platinum “’ the world’s biggest producer of the metal “’ has revealed that around 55 temporary workers from SAN Labour Hire are refusing to come out from underground at its Rustenburg operations.
“The employees are working in the central shaft sections and have converged in the waiting area underground. Most of them are members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM),” Anglo Platinum said in a statement. “The employees had started the illegal strike action late on Tuesday,” it added.
The statement said that management was in contact with the striking employees through radio, and local union officials were assisting in the process. “Several attempts were made to persuade the striking employees to come to surface by both management and the NUM delegation who addressed employees – but to no avail,” it stated.
SAN Labour Hire was earlier granted a court interdict forcing employees to come out from underground but the employees ignored the interdict. Yesterday, 214 permanent employees refused to proceed underground where the temporary striking employees were sitting, citing safety issues.
Anglo Platinum said it would consider other steps should the employees refuse to come up to the surface, but it was giving dialogue a chance with the support of the NUM.
NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka confirmed the incident.