Mines welcome SMS court ruling

FILE PICTURE: Amcu members gather at Melrose Arch gate in Johannesburg, 3 April 2014, before Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa hands memorandum to Lomin Chief Executive Officer Ben Magara. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Anglo American Platinum Limited (Amplats) and Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) have welcomed decision of the Labour Court to strike the application by Amcu from the roll.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) approached the courts with an application to prevent Amplats and Implats from communicating wage settlement offers to workers. The union also wants to prevent Implats from conducting a survey on whether workers want to return to work.

Judge Rob Le Grange ruled against Amcu and the matter was struck off the roll as it lacked urgency.

The platinum producing companies welcomed the decision and believe that any means possible should be made available to ensure that their employees are informed of the position of the companies and the offers that are being made.

“The companies have been inundated by calls from employees seeking information, and will now continue to communicate with employees on a regular basis,” read a statement issued on behalf of Amplats and Implats.

Amcu members at the three biggest platinum mines in the world; Lonmin, Amplats and Implats stepped away from the mines in January this year demanding a basic monthly salary of R12,500.

The strike is nearing its fifth month now and has cost the companies around R20.6 billion in revenue while workers have lost over R9 billion in wages since the strike commenced.

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