S.Africa's Amplats fires over 600 underground workers at its Mototolo mine
JOHANNESBURG, May 20 (Reuters) - Anglo American Platinum
(Amplats) said on Monday it fired about half of the
underground workers at its Mototolo mine following an illegal
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 643 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, which is the only recognised
union at the mine, said they would approach the labour court
over the dismissals.
Amplats said the sacked employees had until May 21 to appeal
The firm said the impact on production had so far been
"Anglo American Platinum is exploring options to ensure that
Mototolo Mine recommences full production as soon as practically
possible," it said in a statement.
Amplats acquired Glencore's 39% stake in the
mechanised platinum mine on the eastern limb of South Africa's
platinum belt in 2018.
(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; editing by Emelia
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