Lonmin has met with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the main union behind the two-day strike, to discuss a new agreement recognising Amcu as the platinum producer’s majority union.
Lonmin said talks with Amcu, which represents 70% of the company’s rank and file employees, and which had called off the strike on Wednesday, were continuing today.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa told strikers on Wednesday that the union would press for Lonmin management to recognise it as the majority union.
Mathunjwa also urged Amcu members at Amplats not to participate in the strike planned for today.
It seems his call was heeded as the strike never got off the ground and was subsequently suspended. “I urge all members belonging to Amcu not to partake in this unprotected strike. It is a trap to get Amcu members fired,” Mathunjwa said.
By today normality had returned to all mines around the Rustenburg area.