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Mine strikes affect families - IFP

2012-10-17 16:55

Johannesburg - The strikes at mines are financially affecting the families of striking mineworkers, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said on Wednesday.

"This forces a lot of families to rely on loan sharks for survival in this period of the strike," said Eric Lucas, IFP spokesperson on mining.

"The government should not let this continue, as it is going to affect all of us in the end, when people decide to take out their frustrations by embarking on more strikes."

He urged all the roleplayers - the unions, employers and employees - to negotiate peacefully and come to a final mutual agreement so that everything in the mining sector went back to normal.

"In the midst of all this, the country's economy is being affected negatively. If settlement is not reached soon between the parties concerned it will be difficult to make a rapid economic recovery in the country."

Mineworkers across the country were on a strike demanding a monthly salary of between R12 500 and R16 000.

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has fired 12 000 workers while Gold Fields has given their striking workers until 14:00 on Thursday to return to work or face dismissal.

Comments
  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-17 16:58

    No!!!! You're kidding. Why don't you tell that to the striking miners. The story is that it's because of these loan sharks that the miners are on strike anyway.

  • Jolene Strydom - 2012-10-17 17:05

    you would think this was obvious from the outset

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-17 17:11

    So what the strikes are affecting families? Who gives a toss? Is anyone forcing these uneducated thugs to strike?

  • randall.j.coetzee - 2012-10-17 17:16

    I wonder what formula you used to figure that out genius... But then again... Who cares about these thugs anymore

  • Zandile Banda KaMkhize - 2012-10-17 17:56

    Mining strike is affecting each and everyone of us. No one has even mentioned the suppliers, their families are also feeling the pinch as they're working short times, others are being retrenched! Can someone do something already!!

  • David Steyn - 2012-10-17 18:03

    Every one talks about uneducated miners but in my experience of life I have found that no matter how educated a person is that if that person has no common sense then all the education means nothing. How in the world do you teach someone common sense?

      piet.snot.77964 - 2012-10-17 20:33

      My grandfather used to call it 'Uncommon Sense' - he said that there was not much of it around!!

  • sxp - 2012-10-17 18:11

    These people are free to make their choices and then become slaves of the consequences. That is reality and they should stand by their own choices and not ask others to help them out.

      Steven Trollip - 2012-10-17 18:52

      yes and no one forced them to work for this company!!!

  • cya.khubone - 2012-10-17 18:47

    I'm failing to understa why these minners agree to take part in an elegal strike, because when the employers give in on their demands some of them are bound to be retrechened because the company can not afford to pay them since they were busy toitoying for three weEks or moe

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2012-10-17 20:38

    Just do the sums and you will see that it will take them 2-3 years to make up the difference that they lost and only then they will be winning - with the loan sharks around you could add a year or so if not more. I agree it is the loan sharks and the expectation of having everything that they see advertised so they go out and borrow and then have nothing to live on and then expect the difference in higher wages without higher production.

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