Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members intend to go on strike at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), writes Vicky Sidler.

Amplats, a JSE-listed company and the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals, recently said that it would cut about 4 800 jobs – laying off 3 300 workers and paying off the rest. This comes after a restructuring at Amplats, where 14 000 jobs were originally in jeopardy.

Nevertheless, the revised target has not been accepted by workers who intend to embark on the strike on Friday, 27 September. A 48-hour strike notice was served to Amplats on Thursday.

“Downsizing the workforce is unfortunate but necessary for the survival of the business. Strikes and work stoppages will result in further losses that will hamper plans for future sustainability,” says Mpumi Sithole, Amplats spokesperson.

“This is a difficult time for our employees and the Company and we have made every possible effort to minimise the impact on employees and affected communities,” says Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo American Platinum, regarding the company’s restructuring.