Amcu return to Lonmin talks

2012-09-10 07:04

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will participate in the Lonmin wage negotiations but cannot guarantee that its members will return to work, its president Joseph Mathunjwa has said.

“I am not in the position to answer that one [if workers will return to work this morning] but what I know is that we have been invited for the process of the CCMA [Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration] this morning,” he told the SABC today.

“I have not spoken to any person in Marikana. I am not sure if workers will turn up [for work].”
Mathunjwa said Amcu would attend today’s wage talks with a “clear mind” but wanted to know its status at the meeting.

“We have to know today what is our status in the proceedings. The minister [Mildred Olifant] was very clear that we will be there in observer status.”

He said he expected the meeting to revolve around the workers’ R12?500 salary increase demand.

The National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity, Uasa and Lonmin management agreed to a peace accord early on Thursday morning to level the ground for wage negotiations.

The accord included a commitment to create a peaceful work environment.

On Thursday, Lonmin said the company and the unions had agreed to invite Amcu and the workers’ representatives to participate in wage negotiations.

The miners are demanding a R12 500 wage increase across the board.

Amcu refused to sign the peace accord at the mine, where labour unrest has left 44 people killed in the past month.

Of these, 34 were shot dead by police.

Meanwhile, the last five of the mineworkers killed during the shooting have been buried, the Dispatch Online reported today.

Two of those who died were buried in the Eastern Cape, one in Lesotho and two elsewhere in South Africa, according to the report.

The two men buried in the Eastern Cape were Fezile David and Thembelakhe Mati. They were buried in Mqanduli and Thembelakhe respectively.

Mati apparently died three days after the shooting, hiding in a shack fearing he would be arrested if he sought treatment at a hospital.

His funeral was attended by Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Eastern Cape rural development MEC Zoleka Capa.

Mati’s cousin, Sicelo Mgulugulu, said Mati supported his children and his extended family, reported the Dispatch Online.

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