Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 20 October 2009 – A sit-in by 240 workers that halted operations this week at the Two Rivers platinum mine “’ jointly owned by African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Impala Platinum “’ has come to an end after four sacked workers were re-hired.
ARM spokeswoman Monique Swartz said here that the company had not lost any production during the stand-off between workers and management at the mine. “Normal operations have resumed,” she said, “and we have not lost anything, as the plant continued operating from stockpiles.
The employees staged the sit-in to demand the sacking of a manager, who they say fired the four workers without justification. Their protest halted underground mining operations at the mine.
Lesiba Seshoka “’ spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), South Africa’s largest union “’ said ARM had agreed to reinstate the four workers that had been sacked. He added that the manager had not been dismissed.
Impala “’ the world’s second largest platinum producer, and supplier of a quarter of the world’s platinum “’ said last month that it expected to lose 100 000 ounces in platinum group metal output in the financial year to 30June 2010 as a result of mine accidents and a workers’ strike over wages.