Amplats miners report for work despite calls to strike

2013-05-17 08:53

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Miners at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) reported for work today, a company spokeswoman said, despite earlier calls for a strike by some union leaders.

Amplats spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole said all workers had reported for the morning shift at the world's biggest platinum miner and there had been no trouble.

“Everything is normal at Amplats this morning. Workers are going underground and there have been no incidents,” Sithole said.

Unions and worker committees had threatened to start a strike today in protest at Amplats’ plans to cut as many as 6 000 jobs to try to restore the company to profitability.

The threats sent the company’s shares to an eight year low of R286 yesterday, close to half this year’s high of R508.99 in January.

The rand also tumbled to its lowest since April 2009 amid concerns the labour unrest might spread through the rest of the mining sector.

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