Labour troubles spread to Amplats in Rustenburg

LABOUR unrest plaguing Lonmin’s Marikana mining operation in Rustenburg has spilled over to Anglo American Platinum’s Rustenburg operations.

Amplats said in a statement on Wednesday that its workers in Rustenburg had been “redirected” due to intimidation.

“To ensure the safety and security of our employees, management took the decision to redirect employees to a neutral place,” Amplats spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole said in a statement.

“We confirm that yesterday (Tuesday), some of our employees were unable to clock in for night shift due to fear of intimidation and threats by unidentified individuals in and around our Rustenburg operations.”

She said “widespread cases” of intimidation against Amplats workers throughout the Rustenburg area had been reported.

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesman Lesiba Seshoka confirmed the union’s members had reported intimidation since Sunday.

“There is apparently a high level of intimidation,” Mr Seshoka said. “There is a group that is coercing people to gather and have a strike.”

Mr Seshoka said this group had initially been rebuffed and has since been threatening workers with violence if they do not strike on Wednesday. The threats include throwing petrol on them.

“They tell you that next time you do this thing we’re going to burn you. It’s no longer going to be an issue of putting petrol on you and leaving you. You’re going to get burned,” he said.

 

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