Lonmin plans to break the strike on Wednesday

2014-05-11 15:00

Mining company Lonmin claims it is preparing to welcome an undisclosed number of striking miners back to work on Wednesday.

Lonmin has sent text messages to members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), saying it looks “forward to welcoming you back to work on May 14”.

“Transport details will be communicated shortly,” it reads.

The SMS also thanked all miners who had responded to Lonmin’s settlement offer.

Reuters reported yesterday that internal memos from Lonmin, which it has seen, state that safety and security are the company’s main priorities and additional security will be in place during and immediately after the start-up period.

Amcu members, though, insist that this is just another ploy by Lonmin to divide the miners, who have been on strike for more than three months.

Bob Ndude, an Amcu member who lives in Wonderkop, Marikana, said not a single member had accepted Lonmin’s offer that translates into a R12?500 monthly salary by 2017.

“Yesterday [Friday], we had a meeting with miners and we were warned that Lonmin would send us more messages,” Ndude said.

“Lonmin is lying. No one will be going back to work next week.”

Attempts to reach Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa for comment were unsuccessful.

Lonmin was not available to comment on how many miners have actually accepted its offer and will return to work on Wednesday.

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