Fired Amplats workers haven’t accepted reinstatement offer yet

2012-11-06 11:02

The 12 000 miners fired from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in Rustenburg had still not taken up the company’s reinstatement offer to return to work.

“They are not back to work,” said National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) spokesman Lesiba Seshoka.

However, negotiations were still under way on the terms of their return, and attempts to have one of the amounts offered raised, he said.

Comment from the company was not immediately available.

Yesterday, the company said it would provide an update, where appropriate, and that its statement from Thursday was still valid.

In that statement, Amplats said its reinstatement offer was strictly subject to all strikers returning to work and doing actual work activities by no later than Tuesday, October 30.

“This offer, which has not yet been accepted by employees, is still open.”

The company had offered a once-off R2 000 “hardship allowance” to help workers in financial difficulties due to the no-work, no-pay principle.

Two weeks ago, the platinum producer said it met with unions to facilitate the return of the 12 000 dismissed workers, and those who were on an illegal strike at its Union and Amandelbult mines.

Amplats fired the 12 000 after they failed to appear for a disciplinary hearing.

They had been on a wildcat strike since September 12, in demand of a minimum wage of R16 000 a month.

The Amplats offer was made in consultation with the NUM, Uasa, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, Solidarity, and a strikers’ committee.


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