Amplats reinstates 12,000 South African strikers

AP, Saturday 27 Oct 2012

A spokeswoman for Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) says the company has agreed to reinstate 12,000 workers dismissed earlier this month for staging a wildcat strike.

Mpumi Sithole said Saturday the workers had until Tuesday to return to their jobs. She said they will return on the same terms and conditions of employment as before they went on strike.

Sithole said that a meeting Friday of "all parties expressed commitment for a return to work in the interests of the employees, their livelihoods and the company." Amplats' announcement came on the day South Africa's trade federation staged a march in support of the fired workers in Rustenburg.

If the Amplats miners return to work, it would bring an end to labor unrest that damaged South Africa's reputation as an investment destination.

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