Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 22 January 2010 – The unprotected illegal strike at Two Rivers platinum mine “’ a joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Impala Platinum “’ has ended with all striking employees returning to surface after the mine served them with an interdict.
On Wednesday this week the mine reported that 55 night shift employees had staged an illegal underground sit-in on the Tuesday night shift. ARM revealed in a statement released here that the reason for the sit-in related to a demand from the employees for additional overtime payments for public holidays worked during the Christmas break. “This demand is contrary to an agreement that was signed between Two Rivers management and the unions,” said the ARM statement.
It went on to say that management and the unions were currently in discussion to resolve these issues.
An ARM spokesman said earlier that the supply of the metal was not being affected in the short term. He explained that the operation produced some 200 ounces of platinum a day, and was relying on stockpiled ore to sustain market supply. Mined ore was also being hoisted from underground, he added.
He denied claims at the time by National Union of Mineworker’s (NUM) spokesman Lesiba Seshoka that the NUM’s members were being held hostage by members of a smaller union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). “We are not aware of a hostage situation,” Schmidt said.