Premier welcomes Lonmin wage deal

2012-09-19 07:32

Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise has welcomed the wage settlement agreement reached between Lonmin and its Marikana mineworkers on Tuesday.

“Beyond the wage settlement, parties have a responsibility to rebuild trust among themselves so that the healing process assists closure to a tragic chapter in the history of wage negotiations in the mining sector."

She urged workers to reorganise themselves within union structures for collective bargaining and thanked the SA Council of Churches and traditional leaders for playing a significant role in resolving the conflict through mediation.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) confirmed the end of the Lonmin Marikana which lasted over a month.

"Worker representatives informed us this evening that agreement has been reached, and they have signed the agreement.

"They have accepted Lonmin management's latest offer and will return to work on Thursday 20 September," said CCMA director Nerine Kahn, whose organisation facilitated the negotiations.

CCMA happy with outcome

Lonmin management had earlier refused to confirm the agreement saying it was not yet official.

The CCMA expressed its appreciation to all parties involved in the Lonmin wage dispute for their contribution to developing a mutually acceptable settlement.

The CCMA intended to conduct a specific internal review of the Lonmin negotiations process which would be shared with the Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant.

Striking miners had accepted a 22% pay rise and would return to work on Thursday, worker leader Zolisa Bodlani said earlier.

Reporting back to workers at the platinum mine in Marikana on Tuesday, Bodlani said the increase would be applied across the board.

Rock drill operators would now get R11 078 a month before deductions, production team leaders R13 022, and operators R9 883.

Workers would further receive a once-off bonus of R2 000.

‘Relief’ for the nation

President of the SA Council of Churches, Bishop Jo Seoka, who was also part of the workers' negotiations, said the offer was closer to the R12 500 the workers had been demanding since they went on strike on August 10.

Opposition parties described the end of the strike as a "relief" for the nation.

Trade union Solidarity welcomed the agreement but warned that it set a dangerous precedent and illegal actions to enforce wage increases could occur at other mines in future.

Solidarity said it hoped the agreement would bring an end to the intimidation and violence at Lonmin and result in order and stability at all South African mines.

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-19 07:43

    A very, very bad precedent has been set.....

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-19 08:15

      @Max: Let’s recap. Unprotected strikers: Did not get fired They actually still received their pay Intimidate people Prevented others from going to work They killed a few people Got between 11% and 22% increase Got a nice bonus No accountability, repercussions or consequences. So what have they learned: “Negotiations” can be opened at any time and you can demand anything with a bit of lawlessness, intimidation, murder and criminality. Now the fire has been lit and it was not controlled. To call this a “bad precedent” is a huge understatement. This fire WILL become a blaze. This is going to get bad.

  • jbm.moate - 2012-09-19 07:48

    Well malema cant be happy about this, he has nothing to manipulate to make himself look like good...

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-19 09:25

      Hi threats helped AMCU avhieve what both NUM

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-09-19 07:53

    Simple math: they claimed R12500, saying that they got only R4000 per month, now they have agreed to R11 000 which is a 22 % increase, which shows that their original salary was R 9016 per month. The media must get their facts right.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-19 08:04

      Well said.

  • hein.helmand - 2012-09-19 07:55

    I just hope the HR dep have learned a lesson lets say,on the job training,and,stop passing the ball.HR KEEP YOUR EAR CLOSE TO THE GROUND AT ALL TIMES TO THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND.Don't just do your job,do better.Regards

  • hein.helmand - 2012-09-19 07:55

    I just hope the HR dep have learned a lesson lets say,on the job training,and,stop passing the ball.HR KEEP YOUR EAR CLOSE TO THE GROUND AT ALL TIMES TO THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND.Don't just do your job,do better.Regards

  • leerobbertse - 2012-09-19 07:56

    Premier, I will also be happy so much more tax money coming in, about time to order the 2013 official transport with blue lights and all.

  • yanga.dlokolo - 2012-09-19 07:59

    I am so in a wrong career, i am quiting my job joining mining sector

  • allan.keyzer - 2012-09-19 08:01

    Employed miners have succeeded in getting what they want but at the expense of some miners lives, further isolating currently unemployed and the reality of technology replacing volatile labour as businesses strive to be globally competitive without the constant disruption to output.

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-19 09:21

      All 'BLACK UNIONS' were built on the backbone of loss of lives,REMEMBER SARHWU (the predeccessor to SATAWU in the early eighties. SATAWU itself? Of course TECHNOLOGY doest go on strike.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-19 08:03

    "The premier welcomed" What the hell did she do to better the situation, nothing. When the crap hits the fan they all run for the bushes, but once there is a good outcome they want to be part of the limelight.

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-09-19 08:09

    The Premier, Thandi Modise, is just saying what is saying, simply because, she had a microphone and cameras in front oh her. She is not suitable to comment on this deal. We are reminded that, she was never to be seen during the maiming of workers, during the difficult times, she was not there. She was silent and now be that, she is silent again.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-19 08:11

    This settlement as opened up a can of worms and is not the finish, but the start of it.

  • francois.grobler - 2012-09-19 08:25

    I like how in South Africa 2 wrongs make a right. yes the miners were being underpaid and over worked. So they kill a bunch of people and all is well we can all give ourselves a big hug because everyone wins :) except all the dead people (they don't qualify for the bonus)

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-19 08:25

    It's all good and well to say they earn +-R11000 what do thay take home after deductions eg. labour broker, union fees, U.I.F., tax etc. I can see this flairing up again. The main grip was the deductions.

  • dmcmr.dhai - 2012-09-19 08:25

    Welcome to the Lonmin premier, for some reason I thought you don't exist...where have u been?

  • marc.hugo.75 - 2012-09-19 08:26

    The Premier welcomes it. Wow. Amazing. I feel so good now. What a bunch of pratts. Now look at the precedent the HR community is going to have contend with.

  • lekena.mamogale - 2012-09-19 08:39

    I hope Lonmin fires the CEO and the whole management.They misrepresented the company and brought the country into disrepute.AMCU must stop claiming victory here,because this simply means they encouraged the violence and killings especial of NUM leaders,thats unacceptable!I hope the orphans and widows of the dead will be given something 2 maintain their lives.Nothing said about those killed,are they irrelevant.

  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-09-19 08:48

    can everybody please be calm and stop talking and let the worker-employer relationship resume and we as the country focus now.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-19 08:56

      worker-employer relationship? Give us or we kill you! Now that is some kind of a relationship.

  • Kalari - 2012-09-19 08:49

    This is not the end. It is the beginning. Couple of years ago Lonmin employed an American company LANDMARK EDUCATION to better relationships between employer and employees. Landmark send a couple of very arrogant african americans there to show white people that there is nothing wrong with blacks, white people just do nothing to educate and uplift blacks. They stayed there for months on end and claimed a big success. I wonder what they have to say now.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-19 08:54

      Funny thing about African Americans, if you find one complaining about not fighting in “the white man’s wars” or the money they get from the US government and so on ask him to go back to Africa and see what he says.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-19 08:52

    Well it goes to show Lonmin has no balls. These workers are thugs and they are a riot waiting to happen. Amazing how the Army was sent in to keep the peace, but they won't use the Army in the ganglands in the W Cape. Double standards?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-19 09:00

      cANCer standards.

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-19 09:06

    it was time.finally an agreement has been reached

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-19 09:10

      This was not an agreement, this was extortion and the problem with that is that the fire will never burn out. Just a question of time.

  • aubreymanare.mabala - 2012-09-19 09:30

    thy hv now reached an agreement after so many ppl wr killed? marikana mine workers will engage in an illegal strike knowing tht thy will win the battle @ the end like thy thy did now

  • flysouth - 2012-09-19 09:37

    If Lonmin has any sense - and I am sure they do - they will right now be planning full automation in their mines. In the long run this is the only way they will be able to show profit whilst mining in SA. These days with modern technology almost all human labour can be replaced by computer controlled machines which never strike or make demands!

  • celeste.delange1 - 2012-09-19 09:38

    I will send my cv to LONMIN immediately!! I would love to earn R11000 a month for operating a rock drill, and having all my expenses paid!! Accommodation, food, clothing, medical etc, all paid for!! Means I get R11000 pocket money!!

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