Amcu puts Lonmin strike on hold

2013-06-14 09:21

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has put a strike at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana, North West, on hold, the union has said.

“Yes, we have delayed that strike. We are talking to the company,” Amcu general secretary Jeff Mphahlele said yesterday.

He confirmed the union would wait for a meeting between Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and key players in the mining industry today.

Reports last week said Amcu would serve notice of intention to strike over an organisational rights dispute between itself and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Amcu said last Thursday its members voted in favour of a strike. At the time, Amcu treasurer Jimmy Gama said: “We wrote a letter requesting a meeting on Monday in a bid to avoid a strike. If we do not have an agreement by Tuesday, we will serve the company with a 48-hour notice to go on strike.”

Last month, Amcu members went on a two-day strike, reportedly because the NUM would not vacate a union office. The unprotected strike ended on May 15 after Lonmin obtained a court interdict.

Forty-four people were killed during unrest at Lonmin’s mine in Marikana, North West, in August last year. Police shot dead 34 striking mine workers on August 16. Ten people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

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