STEELPOORT

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) revealed it has dismissed 642 miners at its Mototolo mine last Friday. This is about half of the underground workers the mine which is outside Steelpoort.

Workers belonging to the General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA) downed tools on May 12 following a dispute over the employees’ medical scheme, despite an interim court interdict against any strike action, Amplats said.

The precious metals producer said it dismissed 642 employees at Mototolo, which produced 57 700 ounces of platinum group metals in the first quarter of 2019, after its appeal to end the strike was ignored.

A union official at Giwusa Teddy Thobakgale, which is the only recognised union at the mine, said they would approach the labour court over the dismissals.

“Their medical aid only covered a single member, who is the employee, and neglected our families. We are again forced to contribute towards the medical aid.” 
He said they had already lodged appeals against the dismissals.

Amplats revealed the sacked employees had until May 21 (Tuesday) to appeal the decision.

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