Lonmin miners will return to work if 'offer is satisfactory'

2012-09-12 18:03

Mahikeng - Striking Lonmin mine workers have promised to return to work by midday on Thursday if the mining giant’s bosses present a satisfactory offer.

Representatives of the workers, churches and traditional leaders met in Marikana on Wednesday with Lonmin chief executive Simon Scott but scheduled negotiations for Thursday.

Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA president Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa said Lonmin promised to respond to the striking workers’ R12 500 salary demands at Thursday’s meeting.

Zolisa Bodlani, one of the workers’ representatives, said their salary demands must be the first item on the agenda at the negotiation table, and not the peace accord which the mining giant and the National Union of Mineworkers have already signed and which the workers have not.

Church leader Bishop Jo Seoka said the workers did not believe in signing a peace accord because “papers don’t create peace”.

Workers are demanding that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo be present during negotiations on the peace accord.

Seoka said church leaders had requested that striking workers stop carrying pangas, machetes and other dangerous weapons.

But many of the workers who marched on Wednesday carried dangerous weapons during another peaceful protest to two Lonmin shafts.

More than 5 000 workers joined the march in which they demanded that all shafts stop working.

Lonmin managers in the two shafts said the remaining workers were there for essential services.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 18:19

    Don't go back to work miners! PLEASE! Lonmin, don't take them back even if you halve their salaries. Don't give them their jobs, there are plenty who will work more efficiently and will be only too happy to be able to put food in their mouths. Fire this bunch of murderous thugs and let them starve!

      snotty.dotty.9 - 2012-09-12 18:28

      smart comment Madam Irene You are thinking the correct way!!! but on the other hand crime will increase these thugs will kill and steal from everyone !!!

      matla.motso - 2012-09-12 18:48

      Just pay the workers!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 19:04

      matla ~ Why?

      matla.motso - 2012-09-12 19:10

      Irene, because there will be no mine if they don't

      matla.motso - 2012-09-12 19:12

      And I'm against cheap labour

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 19:29

      @matla ~ You're against cheap labour? Wait till the Chinese take over, you ain't seen nothing yet. People get paid according to their skills. It's not an SA thing pal, it happens all over the world. Just today I saw an advert in the paper for an articled clerk. The candidate had to have an accountancy degree and their own transport. Want to know what the salary was? R4k a month!!!! Wake up!

      matla.motso - 2012-09-12 19:39

      Leonard, hunger is indeed biting, be glad they are open to negotiate

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 19:53

      @Matla ~ If only they'd used their brains, they might have realised no money, no food and all this drama, appalling international publicity and loss of investment, could have been avoided.

      konanani.rachicoper - 2012-09-12 21:06


      atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-13 00:59

      === Weapons are not part of Labour Bargaining skills === The issue that keeps getting lost here - due to years of abuse on all sides - {this is not the first time}- is that the labour negotiating/bargaining procedure has never been adhered to. Formal procedures - according to the Labour Laws - are regulated and overseen by the CCMA and Dept of labour. These procedures include guidelines on how to initiate, motivate and negotiate better salaries and wages. ... Simo Mbete .. to say .... 'what its like to be earning only R4000 a month' and then .... to connect a salary to the price of platinum is not the way it works. Every sector: Mining, Construction, Textiles, Beverages etc has a minimum labour rate for each skill. These rates are gazetted. The only 'expression of dissatisfaction' that is allowed, is the right to strike - BUT - the right to strike does not mean that you threaten another person's/business' rights (security, life, possessions etc) There is no law that permits striking (or protesting) with weapons. What is the difference between taking weapons to a street or field and taking the same weapons to a boardroom ?

  • Innocent - 2012-09-12 18:35

    It will a reasonable to promises atleast R8500 on table meanwhile the negotiate the original demand of R12500,all workers the can return to works knowing already got half of the increment.

      rowan.maulson - 2012-09-12 18:48

      Actually, it is reasonable to offer absolutely nothing. My offer to these workers is as follows : Return to work by tomorrow or you are all fired.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-09-12 18:47

    How about you morons go back to work to save your bloody jobs? I would have fired the lot of them AGES ago.

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-12 19:05

    Give em the f#cking boot not the money!

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-09-12 19:11

    Wow ! now I'm convinced they are dealing with Neanderthals in Marikana. The pic with the bozos brandishing the jaw bone of a dead animal...Is that the best they can do? I think they should be fired for being so stupid.

  • andy4real - 2012-09-12 19:56

    @Irene Butelezi. You are very ignorant, or stupid, maybe too brainwashed to comprehend what going on out at the Lonmin MInes or anywhere else in South Africa. Its actually a sad case that you not alone who have that attitude. You now questioning why people have many kids, who appointed you judge of people's family lives? You talking from your high grounds and you think you self-made?. You are indeed shame to the struggling miners, and the black race. You are the sellout Malcolm X was talking about. I'm not wasting further time on you.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-12 20:03

      Actually Andy it is you that is thge stupid one. The breeding of children lowers your income distribution. Ignorance is bliss.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 20:09

      Thanks Andy4real. I'm thrilled that you're not 'wasting further time on me', not that I asked you to in the first place :-) FYI, if you have R100 and have two kids, each get R50 right? If you have 10 kids, each get R10 right? How difficult is this for you to understand? And then you have the cheek to call me ignorant? Eish baba, you were born with a brain .... use it. I promise it won't hurt you, just ask Malcolm X.

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-12 20:43

    do not yield the strike.

  • Zahir - 2012-09-12 20:44

    The lonmin workers are gambling with their jobs what if they lose their jobs no salary they will be in a worse position live like beggars and malema will be long gone

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-13 09:46 the whole bloody lot of them and give their jobs to people who will appreciate the opportunity to work and earn a salary! Why bow down to their murdering thugs who appreciate nothing. Let Juju employ them and pay their salaries!

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