Bapo ba Mogale want court action over mining strike

2014-06-08 10:35
(Skyler Reid, AFP)

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Cape Town - Bapo ba Mogale, who owns the land on which platinum giant Lonmin mines, is considering high court action in a bid to force the company and its workers to settle the five-month strike.

According to the Sunday Independent, members of the Bapo ba Mogale mining committee were seeking legal advice over court action on the grounds that their community members were starving, said a spokesperson Solly Monnana.

He said the bid to end the strike was supported by their chief, Kgosi Bob Mogale, and that the entire community felt enough was enough.

This comes after Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said on Saturday that the mineral resources department will pull out of negotiations in the platinum wage dispute if parties do not come to an agreement this week.

"On Monday all the parties [mine bosses and Amcu] will be coming back," he told Sapa.

"I am pulling out on Monday if they do not find each other. If they do not find each other I wish them and South Africa luck."

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum downed tools on 23 January demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

They have so far rejected the companies' offer that would bring their cash remuneration to R12 500 by July 2017.

The strike has cost the employers R21.2bn in revenue and employees have reportedly lost R9.4bn in earnings.

Last week Ramatlhodi set up a inter-governmental technical team to help resolve the wage dispute.
- News24
Read more on:    anglo american platinum  |  lonmin  |  amcu  |  impala platinum  |  mahikeng  |  strikes  |  mining unrest
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