‘Insulting’ Lonmin wage offer rejected

2012-09-14 09:32

Striking Lonmin mine workers have rejected the company’s R5 500 minimum wage offer, which they described as an insult.

The workers’ representative committee will meet Lonmin management today to inform bosses of their colleagues’ decision to reject the mining giant’s offer.

Workers are demanding R12 500 and likened the company’s offer to silence.

The workers’ committee spokesperson at the negotiations, Molefi Phele, said Lonmin’s offer was similar to what workers will receive in October following the three-year wage agreement signed last year.

Phele said Lonmin offered its lowest paid employees, general workers, a R986 increase.

Another member of the workers’ committee, Zolisa Bodlani, said National Union of Mineworkers representatives objected to a workers’ committee member because he was a contract worker at the company.

“We agreed that he would only be an observer during the talks,” he said.

Phele warned that Lonmin’s offer would be the same as the workers’ current pay after deductions.

The workers’ committee said worker operating a one-man machine underground would get a R750 increase while workers operating a two-man machine would get a R500 pay hike.

Workers have warned that if Lonmin does not pay R12 500 it must vacate its shafts for another company to take over.

They have also asked their representatives to end negotiations early as the talks are held at a lodge near a bushy area.

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