Amplats axes striking Mototolo workers


Amplats axes striking Mototolo workers

Published Date: 2019-05-21 | Source: Stephen Gunnion | Author: Stephen Gunnion

Amplats axes striking Mototolo workers

The platinum producer says the impact on production has been minimal after workers went on strike over medical aid benefits.

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has fired half of the underground workforce at its Mototolo Mine in Limpopo after they went on an unprotected strike.

The platinum producer said it was granted an interim court interdict against the strike by the General Industrial Workers Union of SA (GIWUSA) on 10 May but employees still downed tools on 12 May, despite it instructing them not to.

The union alleges that a switch in medical schemes after Amplats bought the mine from Glencore last November represented a unilateral change in employees' conditions of services. Amplats says the medical scheme that it offered workers had similar benefits to the previous one.

Amplats said dismissed workers had until today to appeal its decision to dismiss them. It said the impact on production had been minimal so far and it was exploring options to ensure that the mine recommenced full production as soon as possible.

Mototolo sits adjacent to AngloPlat's 100%-owned Der Brochen resource and it bought Glencore's stake in the joint venture with the view to combining the two to open up future development of the resource and extend the life-of-mine of the operations to more than 30 years.

Amplats' shares closed 1.1% lower at R697 yesterday.

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