Underground sit-in at Amplats ends

2013-11-11 10:55

An underground sit-in at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats) Dishaba mine in Limpopo has been resolved.

“All employees were brought safely to the surface on Sunday night. No production has been lost as this was a make safe shift following a DMR [department of mineral resources] section 54 notice served on the mine,” Amplats spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole in a statement today.

About 2300 workers staged a sit-in on Saturday, demanding the suspension of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) shopsteward be lifted.

“The [Amcu] shopsteward was suspended pending an inquiry for breach of safety regulations which is against the company’s behavioural procedure and in contravention of our zero harm objective.”

She said Amplats’s management and the union leadership engaged throughout the weekend to resolve the situation and ensure the safe evacuation of employees from underground.

“The company encourages employees to raise concerns through relevant channels available, and to refrain from participating in illegal activities,” said CEO Chris Griffith.

“We will not negotiate with employees engaged in illegal activity, especially behaviour and activity that endangers the lives of their fellow workers. Strong action will be taken against those who instigate this type of behaviour and activity.”

Workers would return to work for night shift today.

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