Mineworkers barricade roads in Limpopo

2012-03-15 17:36

Johannesburg - Protesting mineworkers barricaded roads leading to the Modikwa Platinum Mine near Burgersfort on Thursday, Limpopo police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said the protest was about wages.

"The mineworkers were to have had a legal march today [Thursday], but they blocked the access road to the mine around 04:00. The police were called to monitor the situation," she said.

She said the situation was tense as non-striking workers were being intimidated.

The National Union of Mineworkers announced on Wednesday that its members would go on strike from Thursday, until their pay demands have been met.

Spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the union was demanding a 12% wage hike while the company offered 9.5% for the lowest paid workers, and 8.5% for highest paid workers.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-03-15 20:18

    Just wish the employers would stand fast for a change.. A temporary loss during the strike will, in the long run, pay dividends as the Unions would learn to appreciate a reasonable raise and the fact that at least their member had a job. Oh how I wish we had someone like Margereth Thatcher to bring order to all these strikes.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-15 20:39

      Well the platinum isn't going anywhere but it does mean other platinum mines make money whilst this one is on-hold. The market is a fickle and volatile world. Miss the boat and it can ruin you. Consumers of and investors in platinum take their business elsewhere - and will need much enticement to return.

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