Lonmin miners will return to work if 'offer is satisfactory'

2012-09-12 18:03
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Mahikeng - Striking Lonmin mine workers have promised to return to work by midday on Thursday if the mining giant’s bosses present a satisfactory offer.

Representatives of the workers, churches and traditional leaders met in Marikana on Wednesday with Lonmin chief executive Simon Scott but scheduled negotiations for Thursday.

Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA president Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa said Lonmin promised to respond to the striking workers’ R12 500 salary demands at Thursday’s meeting.

Zolisa Bodlani, one of the workers’ representatives, said their salary demands must be the first item on the agenda at the negotiation table, and not the peace accord which the mining giant and the National Union of Mineworkers have already signed and which the workers have not.

Church leader Bishop Jo Seoka said the workers did not believe in signing a peace accord because “papers don’t create peace”.

Workers are demanding that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo be present during negotiations on the peace accord.

Seoka said church leaders had requested that striking workers stop carrying pangas, machetes and other dangerous weapons.

But many of the workers who marched on Wednesday carried dangerous weapons during another peaceful protest to two Lonmin shafts.

More than 5 000 workers joined the march in which they demanded that all shafts stop working.

Lonmin managers in the two shafts said the remaining workers were there for essential services.

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