No breakthrough in Amcu standoff

2014-05-16 10:02

It was quiet in Marikana following the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu) promise to continue its wage strike in the platinum mining sector, North West police said.

“The situation is calm and nothing has called for police attention,” said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane today.

Amcu members at Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum in Rustenburg and Northam in Limpopo downed tools on January 23, demanding a basic salary of R12 500.

They have rejected the companies’ offer of 10% that would have seen them earning a minimum of R12 500 by 2017.

Lonmin set May 14 as the date for employees to return to their posts after its SMS survey indicated that more than 60% of workers wanted to return to work.

Amcu leaders have vowed to persist with the marathon strike as an undisclosed number of union members started to return to work on Wednesday.

About 5 000 defiant mineworkers gathered at the Wonderkop Stadium at Marikana on Wednesday, refusing to return to work.

Earlier today, Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba wrote a prayer for the platinum mining industry in response to the “current crisis”, the Anglican Church of SA said.

The prayer would be for the use of Anglican parishes in SA on Sunday, the church said.

The text of the prayer, called A Prayer for Platinum Miners, includes the lines:

“We can’t kill and maim to sustain inequality,

“Nor can we allow the fight for equality to kill others.

“May owners, investors and shareholders feel the pain and longing for peace,”

“May workers and mine-owners find one another ...”

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