Malema: Fight for R12 500

2014-06-15 18:11
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Marikana - The fight for a basic monthly salary of R12 500 in the mines continue, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Sunday.

"We are going to fight until the rights of workers are recognised," party leader Julius Malema said.

"We are in Parliament, for the first time Parliament will discuss R12 500," Malema told a crowd of about 3000 in Nkaneng informal settlement in Wonderkop near Marikana.

He was there to thank them for voting EFF in the 7 May general election.

"We are proud of you, people of Marikana and Wonderkop. You know where you belong," he said to the applause of the crowd.

He urged mineworkers to respect and obey the guidance of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

"In every negotiation there are compromises. We are not going to compromise on the demand of R12 500.

"We can only compromise on the tactics of attaining R12 500," he said.

"Amcu leadership will give direction on the next move. Trust them. The leadership know when to attack and when to retreat."

He said the workers have the power to negotiate more money.

"Never compromise. We are not ashamed of you."

He said EFF would call for an independent commission to probe the working and living condition of mineworkers.

"Many people think you do not struggle. They think you are living large."

He said they wanted the commission to also probe that mining companies could not afford to pay workers R12 500 per month as a basic salary.

"We believe very strong that mines can afford R12 500."

Amcu members at Lonmin, Impala and Anglo American Platinum have been on strike since January demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

On Thursday, they urged Amcu to accept a proposed wage settlement that would increase their salary by R1 000 over two years and R950 on the third year.

Malema said companies said mineworkers were not educated and they could not pay them R12 500.

"Tell them [mines] that you want money to educate your children so that they do not end up uneducated," he said.

"Educated or not, if you put that drill down like you did for five months, the mines cannot operate. That is your power."

There was no word on Sunday afternoon on whether a proposed settlement had been accepted.

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