Johannesburg, South Africa — 09 July 2013
The strike at the Thembelani and Khuseleka mines of the world’s top platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is over, and the workforce has returned to work.
“Yes they have returned to work in both mines, Thembelani and Khuseleka 1. Everything is normal,” spokesperson Bongeka Lwana said.
Amplats said yesterday that about 5,600 workers had joined the strike at the two mines, reports Fin24.
They were demanding the reversal of the suspension of 19 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) shop stewards who were suspended for participating in an illegal sit-in. Workers were also calling on the company to suspend the current section 189 process and proceed with wage negotiations.
“The striking miners were also demanding that the company provide a guarantee that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) would not be allowed to return to the operations,” the company statement added.
AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa confirmed today that the miners had returned to work.
“Yes they have reported for duty today,” he said.
"The branch leadership who were suspended last week Friday were allowed to report to work.” He said the workers had embarked on the strike because the union offices were closed after the suspension and they had nowhere to lodge grievances.
Amplats spokesperson Lwana said she could not confirm whether the shop stewards had returned to work. “The company continues to engage with union leadership,” she said.
Source: Fin24. For more information, click here.