Anglo American: Health and Working Conditions at Amplat Mines

On 5 October 2012, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) fired 12,000 miners for staging an unlawful strike in South Africa. At least 20,000 mineworkers at Amplats have been on  strike since September 12th, demanding 12,500 rand (about $1,500) in take-home pay. South African miners accuse the company of being responsible for their work-related diseases. They accuse the company of knowingly exposing them to silica dust, which
leads to respiratory illnesses including silicosis and tuberculosis.[1] In 2004, 18 former workers filed a lawsuit against Anglo American. An arbitrary hearing was scheduled for September 2013 [2], which ended in a confidential settlement [3].


[1] Dugan, Emily (2012): Gold miners call British firm to account. The Independent, 15.04.2012; www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/gold-miners-call-british-firm-to-account-7645961.html

[2] http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/01/us-safrica-silicosis-anglo-idUKBRE8900E620121001

[3]  Cropley, E. (2013, September 25). Anglo South Africa settles silicosis case with 23 gold miners, Reuters: in.reuters.com/article/2013/09/25/us-angloamerican-silicosisidINBRE98O0GH20130925

Case location
Südafrika
South Africa


Affected topics
  • Human and Labour Rights
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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