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Impala Platinum Working With Union to Start Rustenburg Mines

February 13, 2012

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. is working with its largest labor union to re-hire dismissed employees and start production at the South African Rustenburg mine that was closed by an illegal strike, a labor group said.

“Parties agreed to work together to ensure that all workers get back to work,” the National Union of Mineworkers said in an e-mailed statement. Impala, the world’s second- biggest platinum producer, will on Tuesday begin hiring workers it fired after the strike two weeks ago, union spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said.

Impala Platinum on Feb. 2 fired 17,200 workers at its Rustenburg mine, northwest of Johannesburg. Bob Gilmour, a spokesman for Impala, couldn’t immediately be reached on his mobile phone.

--Editors: Jonas Bergman, Alex Devine

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