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Amplats miners reject new union deal and vow to fight on

Issue No. 2327

South Africa’s largest platinum mining company Amplats agreed to reinstate 12,000 miners last week.

The miners had been sacked for striking. But strikers want their original demands to be met.

Strike leader George Tyobeka said, “The offer that they put on the table is not acceptable. We cannot sell it to the workers.”

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) negotiated a deal with Amplats by which workers were due to return to work on Tuesday of this week. But the NUM did not support the strike—and most strikers don’t support the NUM.

The ruling ANC, the Cosatu union federation and the South African Communist Party rallied in Rustenberg at the heart of the mining district last Saturday. None of them supported the recent strikes.

The socialist Democratic Left Front (DLF) says the rally “was called by Cosatu leaders supposedly to ‘reclaim Rustenburg’ from the mineworkers who have been on strike.”

Strikers burned some ANC and Cosatu banners and posters. Some supporters of the union leadership attacked the thousands of mine workers.

Police shot two Amplats workers with live ammunition.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012, 18:12 GMT
Issue No. 2327
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