Amplats Workers Being Held in Mine Against Will, NUM Says

About 2,300 workers at Anglo American Platinum Ltd.’s Dishaba mine in South Africa’s Limpopo province have been on an underground strike since 5 a.m. yesterday, and some are said to be held against their will.

The workers are demanding a halt to the suspension of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union shop steward, Amplats said in an e-mailed statement today.

A rival union, the National Union of Mineworkers, issued a statement in which it called the sit-in a “hostage drama.” Some of the workers at the mine, 113 miles (182 kilometers) northwest of Johannesburg, are NUM members and are “being held against their will,” Frans Baleni, NUM general secretary, said by phone.

Amplats, the world’s biggest producer of platinum, accounts for about 38 percent of world production.

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