3,000 Impala Platinum workers down tools after colleague fired

Suzie Neuwirth
IMPALA Platinum is the latest miner to be impacted by labour tensions in South Africa, after 3,000 workers in Rustenburg went on strike yesterday.

The union action was triggered by the dismissal of a worker, but proved short-lived as employees went back to work the same evening.

Tensions between rival unions in the country have been simmering and a shop steward from the National Union of Mineworkers was shot dead on Monday at a Lonmin mine.

“It is not surprising that other platinum miners are being affected by strike action during this period of wage negotiation,” said broker Investec. “The situation on the Bushveld is tense with more strike action likely.” Workers at the London and Johannesburg-listed firm went on strike for six weeks last summer, halting production.