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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  • Sharon - 2012-03-02 12:24

    I wish they would just get over themselves! Somewhere along the line these people must learn that actions have consequences.

  • Yolanda - 2012-03-02 12:31

    And where is Malema now??? Didn't he tell them that workers cannot be wrong???

  • Tulani - 2012-03-02 12:33

    for information bout illegal strike plesae ask VW workers from Uitenhage, it's been more than years now none of them got their jobs back

      Mike - 2012-03-02 14:56

      Not only VW,Murray & Roberts at Mpumalanga-Groblersdal in 2010(All of them fired and re hired some of them back);Xstrata in Rustenburg 2008 fired a whole lot and not all of them were hired again because it was illegal strike. People just never learn.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-02 12:36

    These tsotsis dont want to work they want to maintain the anarchy of the past week! None of them should have been rehired!

      Bozzy - 2012-03-02 13:21

      Shirley i wish u were working at the mine,those workers they earn little imagine ur father is working there n still earning R3500 after 30 years working 4 the mine THIS IS DISGRACE u r lucky maybe ur father was able 2 pay ur tertiary fees if u did went there CALL URSELF A LUCKY SOUTH AFRICAN CHILD

      Martin - 2012-03-02 13:54

      @Bozzy: Two words: Supply, demand.

      J-Man - 2012-03-02 14:03

      @ Bozzy - so they should block roads, burn tires, riot, assault and even kill people? What a load of cr@p.

      Irene - 2012-03-02 14:56

      Bozzy ~ OMG, but you are very much confused.

      Shirley - 2012-03-02 15:24

      Bozzy: Dont know where you get your figures but they are wrong! If you want pity get the correct facts!

      Nigel - 2012-03-02 15:25

      @ Bozzy, then why not strike legally ??

  • Scouter - 2012-03-02 12:43

    The right to 'hire and fire' once made the world go round quite successfully - sadly that world is now spluttering to an unproductive halt.

  • Simnikiwe - 2012-03-02 12:44

    These workers took Malema's advice..."Don't let whites divide you"...they want every worker reinstated..."Undivided"

      Irene - 2012-03-02 14:57

      You are so funny.

      Nigel - 2012-03-02 15:23

      lesson no. 1 DONT LISTEN TO JULIAS MALEMA, he can't even look after himself.

  • Marc - 2012-03-02 13:00

    The WORKERS went on an ILLEGAL STRIKE and the union claims that the company reneged on their agreement??? I cannot fathom why the company rehired them in the first place - in effect the company just gave in to the union's demands. Where are your balls???

      Hunter - 2012-03-02 17:25

      Those balls are held by shareholders and their greed - they need some production now at lower cost to add shareholder value... They will be squeezed.

  • Johnathon - 2012-03-02 13:04

    I really hope the mine stands firm on this one. They issued an ultimatum that those that wanted to be employed had to show their faces before midday wed 29 Feb. Ultimatum quite clear to me. What part of it did the strikes not understand. Spray them with yellow, blue, orange, green solutions which first mark them clearly, and also make them unbelievably itchy, and causes them to puke their hearts out for the whole day. The solution must of course have no long term effects, just give them 24 hrs of puking and scratching to stimulate thought patterns.

  • butch.poulter - 2012-03-02 13:10

    Once again I will not employ or expand my company because of the labour S$%T I have to put up with. Why would I want to fire an employee if he is an asset to my company????

  • Katlego - 2012-03-02 13:31

    I feel sorry for them now they are the one who are suffering

      Martin - 2012-03-02 13:55

      Uhm, I think you will find that they had something to do with their demise. That R3500 a month isn't looking so bad anymore is it?

      Irene - 2012-03-02 14:57

      What's to feel sorry about?

  • TaSaqz - 2012-03-02 13:53

    There are rumours that this strike is not entirely about money for the workers but a new union is about to replace NUM but NUM is playing dirty tricks using the uneducated, poor miners. News24, please investigate and let us know? Thanks.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-02 14:55

    more job losses about cutting your nose off to spite your face, @ Yolanda, just ask miners at Aurora Pamodzi Mine, there 3000 miners didn't get paid for A YEAR & then lost their jobs because of (black) management corruption, they didn't even strike, never mind illegally.

  • tacod - 2012-03-02 15:01

    If any person embark on an illegal strike, they should not expect any sympathy from anybody. The company has the right to fire them. There are also people involved in the strike that do not work for the mine. These criminals are just there to ensure that there is violence and mayhem to further their own causes. Good for implats for re-employing only the ones that want to work. The government should get in there and defuse this hooligans from intimidation. Sometimes when these strikers get so violent, I think sharp ammunition should be considered before this violence spread to the rest of the country. Some of the violent strikers do not deserve to be re-employed at any cost.

  • David - 2012-03-02 20:57

    the hewers of wood and drawers of water the world over suck the hind tot - burn down your skool and burn the books as well, and then learn how to toyi-toyi and throw bricks and make the country ungovernable- then join the cna

  • Nigel - 2012-03-03 08:35

    its simple, if you are not happy with your employer you can either leave & find another job or take LEGAL action in the form of a strike, If you stile illegally don't expect to be rehired when you get fired. There is a process, for this, why not follow the correct procedure, because they don't respect the process, this lack of respect is what they have learned from the ANC.

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