Implats workers protest over dismissals

2012-03-02 12:14
Rustenburg - Some Impala Platinum workers started demonstrating on Friday - in protest against some not getting their jobs back, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) said.

"The workers have gone back on strike this morning [Friday], after the company had reneged on its memorandum of understanding. It hired some people and left others out," Num spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka charged.

Protesters had blocked the entrance to the main gate of the mine.

Implats fired 17 200 workers after they refused to return to work in February, despite a court interdict declaring the strike they embarked on in January was illegal.

Since then, three people have been killed in incidents linked to intimidation and violence involving dismissed workers, while scores have been injured and more than a 100 arrested for public violence.

Meanwhile, 13 people charged with public violence related to the strike action were expected to appear in the Bofokeng Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Police and the mine could not be immediately reached for comment.

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