Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) dismissed about half of the underground workforce at its Mototolo mine after an unprotected strike over changes to conditions of service. Amplats, the world’s largest producer of platinum, said the General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa (Giwusa) had declared a dispute at the Limpopo mine, in which it has full control after buying out the stake held by Glencore. However, the union alleged that changes Amplats made to the medical aids of those coming from Glencore’s payroll, to bring them in line with its own systems, were a “unilateral change in employees’ conditions of service”.

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