More than half of Lonmin workers back at some shafts

2012-08-25 13:08

More than half of the workers at some of Lonmin’s Marikana mine shafts reported for work today, the company said, as it seeks to resume full operations in the wake of protests in which 44 people were killed.

“Eastern shafts are working this weekend and we have 57% attendance across these shafts. The rest of the mine is closed as this is their off-weekend,” Lonmin, which accounts for about 12% of global platinum output, said in a statement.

About 23% of its 28 000-strong workforce turned up for shifts yesterday, which fell short of the 80% that Solidarity, a union of highly skilled workers, says is required to extract ore from the ground.

Lonmin froze mining operations earlier this month after an illegal strike escalated into violence and paralysed operations at the world’s third-biggest platinum producer, driving the price of the white metal around 10% higher. 

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