Disciplinary hearings against striking Anglo Platinum miners are continuing in Rustenburg in North West.
The management of Anglo Platinum Mine said earlier that striking workers who failed to appear before disciplinary hearings would be fired in absentia. Workers were warned a week ago of the possibility of having to appear.
Anglo Platinum's spokesperson, Mpumi Sithole says: "They were involved in an illegal strike. So they were supposed to be at work and they were not. The strike has affected production in the sense that per day we're looking at a loss of two thousand ounces of platinum."
Workers are on strike, seeking a monthly wage of R12 500.
Yesterday, Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi said the trade union has started a process where they will engage all CEO's of mining companies to open negotiations looking into amongst others at the upliftment of socio-economic conditions and working conditions of mineworkers around the countries mines, also looking into the wages of mineworkers in the country. Vavi was speaking in Orkney where led a march of close to 10 000 striking mineworkers at Anglo Gold Ashanti in Orkney, North West to hand over a memorandum of the workers grievances to mine management.