Amplats miners in S.Africa end strike

10th October 2013, Comments 0 comments

Mining giant Anglo American Platinum said Thursday workers at its South African mines have ended an almost two week strike over job cuts after reaching a settlement.

The world's top platinum producer said it had lost about 44,000 platinum ounces since the beginning of the strike on September 27.

Workers belonging to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) downed tools last month after the company handed 3,300 employees dismissal notices as part of its restructuring process.

The legal strike had ended after 11 working days, Amplats said in a statement.

"As part of the strike settlement, the 3,300 impacted employees who... were to be retrenched, have now been granted voluntary separation packages."

These included workers who had not taken up previous offers of redeployment, voluntary separation or early retirement.

"With this latest agreement, no retrenchments will be necessary after the redeployments and voluntary separation packages," Amplats chief executive Chris Griffith said.

The deal would see around 1,250 of the affected 3,300 workers kept on for six months. Others will be offered contract jobs after the termination of their full time jobs.

The union confirmed that the strike has ended and that workers will return to work soon.

Amplats has been hit by a number of stoppages since last year.


© 2013 AFP

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