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Lonmin concerned about worker safety

2013-05-15 07:52

Johannesburg - The safety of people in Marikana is a priority, Lonmin platinum mine said on Tuesday night.

"The physical safety of everyone at Marikana remains our overriding priority and must take precedence over all other matters," the company's vice-president of mining, Mark Munroe said in a statement issued from its London offices.

"Embarking on unlawful and unprotected work stoppages puts lives and livelihoods at risk while families also suffer due to the loss of earnings."

Wildcat strike

The company said it was fully committed to achieving a fair and peaceful resolution of the dispute.

He urged all striking employees to return to work, and urged their representatives to continue meeting with management.

"We believe that through respectful dialogue between unions and management we will be able to resolve the issues that have been raised and maintain the excellent momentum that together we have achieved in the last six months."

Lonmin said it had met with unions earlier on Tuesday.

"The leadership of each union has assured Lonmin that they did not call for the work stoppage and therefore do not support it," the company said.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members went on wildcat strike on Tuesday, demanding that the National Union of Mineworkers' offices be shut down. The union said NUM had lost its status as a majority union.

They marched earlier in the day through the dusty streets of Nkaneng from Wonderkop, the hill where 34 striking miners were shot dead by police on 16 August last year.

Tense

Lonmin confirmed operations were suspended in the morning because of the strike. NUM regional co-ordinator Mxhasi Sithethi said the situation at the mine was tense.

"People are singing outside our office, demanding the closure of the NUM office."

The strikers marched to a local stadium where they were waving sticks in the direction where police vehicles were parked.

A high number of police officers were deployed to monitor the situation.

Three people, including Amcu regional organiser Mawethu Steven, were gunned down in Marikana at the weekend.

Steven was shot dead at a tavern in Photsaneng on Saturday.

Two brothers, Andile and Ayanda Menzi, were shot dead also in Nkaneng on Saturday.

Munroe said it did not permit or condone the carrying of firearms on company property.

"Anyone found guilty of this violation of company policy will be reported to the police and face disciplinary action," he said.

"We have investigated every allegation of firearms being in union offices and none of our searches have uncovered any weapons. Nevertheless, we have agreed to increase the number of random searches of offices and individuals."

Comments
  • mica.gogome - 2013-05-15 07:55

    Eish!

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2013-05-15 10:53

      They will be safe as long as the police's walkie talkies work this time...apparently some have said.

      Aswatas - 2013-05-15 11:15

      The unions have NO control over their members...this will become very bad...but do keep it up so that mines can deal harshly with the strikes!!!

      Phillip J Fry - 2013-05-15 11:41

      New SA! Worrying about the safety and well being of criminals since 94.

  • Gabriel Marupta - 2013-05-15 07:59

    Nun should close shop...you can't represent workers with 30% membership,let amcu do the negotiations to avoid un necessary blood bath

      Siphumezo Mvayo - 2013-05-15 09:02

      dats true ma bro

  • simon.selahla - 2013-05-15 08:01

    The Marikana Massacre Part || to follow!

      Mpho Selepe - 2013-05-15 08:03

      Marikana reloaded!

      Gwilym John Howes - 2013-05-15 08:17

      Let's hope...!

  • Mpho Selepe - 2013-05-15 08:02

    Talking about people who never learn from the past actions.Strikes do not resolve problems,but literate and educated negotiators can be able to sit down and comprehensionally discuss ways forward and solve problems.I am very reluctant to say Marikana is cursed but im heading that way!...

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2013-05-15 10:55

      Thats what happens if you have a bunch of sheep fighting about which kraal has the most of them in. Like musical chairs for sheep.

  • Johan Steyn - 2013-05-15 08:11

    Here we go again, they haven't learned from previous mistakes they are barbaric and wants to burn down everything to get their way yet they want to cry if they get hurt......

      Heinrich Nel - 2013-05-15 08:38

      agreed Johan, one is tempted to ask the century old question of whether they realise that the increase they receive after their vandalism, millitant rallying and destructive actions is never enough to compensate for the money they lose while striking, it will take them years to re-earn the money they lost while they'd probably strike again several times over this period of trying to re-earn what they lost while striking PLUS given their membership fees with their unions, the union bosses just keep raking in the cash while their members are less wealthy in the long run. . .given this and the assumption that no group of people can possibly be this thick, I think this strike actions is more about laying down their "dominance" over management. They want to prove that they are in charge through destruction and violence. They are angry that they do not earn as much with their uneducated labour, they cannot grasp the concept of higher qualifications = higher salary regardless of your race. My father is employed at Anglogold and he says that many of these drillers and underground workers does not even have matric and the mine is willing to give them high school education free of charge. . .guess what, they refuse, they don't want to study, they don't want to get qualified, all they want is a fat paycheck at the end of each month because "the world owes them something", utterly outrageous

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2013-05-15 10:56

      Cry wolf

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-05-15 08:13

    both unions should shut down immediately. they have failed to lead their members in correct , respectful

      Ingrid Molapisi - 2013-05-15 09:09

      yeah, they causing more frictions in the mines and at the end of the day the employees will be victims.

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2013-05-15 10:57

      Spring haas seisoen.

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-05-15 08:17

    This proves my point that the Police action was NOT drastic enough! These barbarians have not learned their lesson yet.

      Klaus Muller - 2013-05-15 09:17

      Communist China, Soviet Union, Cuba would swiftly show them how they deal with such "Enemy's of the People"

  • mohlaume.mamabolo.5 - 2013-05-15 08:22

    I agree with you John howes when u say they have not learned anything but calling them apes is wrong and un called for. I hope that the fighting between the unions stops so that the can be peace that side.

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-05-15 08:23

    This is Africa. Look at the pics. People here like to sit around talking sh"t. In fact, they like to sit around, period! And they like to dance. Only place I am sure where they dance when they are happy, and dance when they are angry. But dance, they will dance! Pity they don't put that energy into study and hard work, and join together to create a successful economy where everyone would benefit from a rich country. No, these parasites would rather extend their perpetually cupped hands to beg for handouts they don't deserve. EARN it, man!

  • Mkhonto Ntshangase - 2013-05-15 08:23

    What is wrong for NUM to have an office at Lonmin, a office is for operations for a union because of its members. AMCU is behaving like a vigilant group, intimidating people, using regionalism to achieve recognition and labour rights. Now this vigilant group AMCU is misleading workers into a wild cate strike, the danger is that workers will face dismissals, because it is unprotected. NUM members must not allow the vigilant group AMCU to mislead mine workers, the community at Nkaneng must stand up against regionalism by AMCU dissidents, for real revolution thats unite people for socialism.

  • Stephen Michael - 2013-05-15 08:23

    Ban all unions!

  • Ntobeng Wa Masweneng - 2013-05-15 08:35

    Government is watching from the sidelines and doing f*ck all about the situation for now. And when the likes of Juju take the centre stage, they'd be called opportunists. After what had happened last year, one would've expected to see early intervention.

  • Jaco van Niekerk - 2013-05-15 08:49

    I suggest that whilst just Farlam is there, take him to these protest marches for him to witness himself how these people prove the law and order of the country. This will give him a better idea of what is going on in real life situations.

  • Spayce Lucky-Mthiyane - 2013-05-15 08:52

    mow down all these uneducated bastards!

      Sekalf Nroc - 2013-05-15 09:16

      looking at you fb profile you do not seem much smarter!

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2013-05-15 11:16

      Stalker!

  • DrGonzoSA - 2013-05-15 08:55

    There won't be any need for unions when the mine closes down and everybody loses their job.

  • Neo Ramogayane - 2013-05-15 08:56

    unions are using poor people to fight their battles...Since the introduction of unions production in S.A is slagging and union memebers are more violent towards employers...investors are loosing confidence in our country due to the numerous labour unrests....we need presidential intervention and those responsible must account for their actions...

  • Sello PilaPila Mabebo - 2013-05-15 09:04

    I am sick and tired of stupid strikes, we as employer/members we select the representatives to look after us. We caint solve da problem wth da strike. Everytime Amcu amcu Num num i am tired those day mine are not save at all.

  • Rikky_Sellis - 2013-05-15 09:04

    Down with the NUM and their conflicts of interest between their shares in the mines and the workers they represent.

      Khumo Morwane - 2013-05-15 09:54

      dats a serious allegation u r saying,in which mines does num has shares?

      Rikky_Sellis - 2013-05-15 10:51

      Harmony Gold

      Khumo Morwane - 2013-05-15 11:43

      u r coming with a here say,u dnt have access in harmonies information

      Rikky_Sellis - 2013-05-15 12:09

      It's been well documented in Sociology and Criminology articles. Family networks and suspicious partnerships etc. Please read Rosalind Morris' 'Striking resemblance'.

      Rikky_Sellis - 2013-05-15 12:13

      You are right though. I don't have access to Harmony's records. Now with the secrecy act, it's gonna be almost impossible.

  • TlholoDEE - 2013-05-15 09:07

    ''Satanic agencies are becoming more determined in their rebellion against God. The trade unions will be the cause of the most terrible violence that has ever been seen among human beings''— Letter 99, 1904

      Gift Mogiftana - 2013-05-15 15:30

      with people like you in existence.."pastors" will never go broke!!

  • Njabulo Maunze - 2013-05-15 09:17

    hello everyone im back really dont condone wah is amcu guys a doing but to say it barbaric may i remind u that we blacks we learn that from u white morons and to spaceys lucky mthiyane u a d most ass kisser i ever had commenting in news24 those numbers u a counting in JSE as a well educated comes frm those uneducated fools

      Gift Mogiftana - 2013-05-15 15:33

      when i read the first 2 words, i thought to myself - wow, what a cool individual, greeting everyone before speaking their mind..and then I read through your whole comment and shame I really think maybe you should have stopped at "hello everyone"..

  • Sihle Zenzile - 2013-05-15 09:18

    Marikana Season 2, stay tune.

  • Lobiane Nicknel Mabote - 2013-05-15 09:23

    Why should black people die alway even though they have nothing on their hands 4 them and their kids.

      Mbongwa Small - 2013-05-15 11:43

      @Lobiane, its because of Leadership, their only concern is numbers (support) on the expense of working class.

      Rikky_Sellis - 2013-05-15 13:31

      I completely agree with you Mbongwa. It's always at the expense of the working class. A class struggle hidden so well - I must admit - behind a careful socially engineered race ideology. The proof is in the pudding: How quickly did the media change the Marikana strike last year from an economical (class) dispute into a political (race) dispute, comparing it to 1976 when they should have compared it to the 1973 Durban strikes.

  • Mbongwa Small - 2013-05-15 09:38

    I still mantain that unions were never suppose to allign themselves with political parties, their independence&priorities are always in question should situations like this arise, now more&almost all unions function exactly like political parties.

  • israel.ntlatleng - 2013-05-15 09:40

    Cyril Ramaphosa said that NUM members must fight for it. Must die for it and Make sure that Rustenburg is their home. NUM more than a week later a doing exactly that. I don't see how AMCU is going to run the show in Marikana with Cyril being one of the shareholders. Another bloodbath coming soon with the aid of the police.

  • Khumo Morwane - 2013-05-15 09:44

    RELAXER MCHANA NUM IS HERE TO STAY

      Thembinkosi Jozie - 2013-05-15 10:26

      Not in rustenburg maybe at luthuli house

      Khumo Morwane - 2013-05-15 10:49

      will see mchana,we r nt scared of competition,mouthpiece was here and amcu will go as well,

  • Bradley Benson - 2013-05-15 09:55

    these action is leading to financial loss which will in turn lead to retrenchments,fighting num is fighting cosatu,a nd fighting cosatu is fighting the anc!!!!! not an easy battle

  • Thembinkosi Jozie - 2013-05-15 10:20

    So lonmin would rather loose production than their beloved ramaposa and his num. Has this mine been nationalised or not?

      Khumo Morwane - 2013-05-15 10:58

      lonmin is guided by labour law which say each and every union has de right to organise and recruit members freely,clearly shows dat ur union is lacking leadership skills

  • Philip Schalkwyk - 2013-05-15 10:43

    Why are they dancing with the unions? their percentage membership gives them no bargaining at all. Then the unions plea for no discipline to be taken against wildcat strikes. Mining companies should come to their senses and end this nonsense once and for all as they actually have nothing to lose.

  • Johan V.d Westhuizen - 2013-05-15 10:55

    NUM vs AMCU - Round One, FIGHT!!!!!

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