Disruption at Marikana as workers stay away

2012-10-18 11:42

Some operations were disrupted at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana, North West, because some workers stayed away, the company has said.

“We are experiencing some disruption at various shafts. Some people have not been underground this morning as they were expected to be,” said spokesperson Sue Vey.

She said it was not yet known what led to the disruption.

The workers’ spokesperson, Zolisa Bodlani, speaking from Welkom, said workers had raised concerns about the arrest of some of their colleagues.

“Since Friday, people have been arrested, although we have an agreement that no one will be intimidated or harassed when our strike ended in September,” Bodlani said.

He said one of the strike leaders Xolani Nzuza was working night shift and was arrested yesterday when he knocked off.

“The workers are meeting today after 4pm. They want to present their problems to management, they are not on strike.”

On August 10, workers went on a strike demanding a R12 500 monthly salary. The strike turned violent and 10 people including two police officers were killed between August 10 and 14.

The workers – armed with pangas, knobkerries, iron rod and sticks – gathered on top of a hill, refusing to drop their weapons.

On August 16, 34 mine workers were killed when the police opened fire on them, 78 were wounded and more than 200 were arrested.

The strike ended on September 20, when the mine offered them salary increases amounting to 22%.

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