• Caught in the debt trap?

    Help us help you by taking our second annual Debt survey and you could win R3 000.

  • Rich man, poor man

    Culture change from below is the only way to overcome poverty, says Leopold Scholtz.

  • Tech bubble talk

    After the tech euphoria of 2013, the fast-moving sector has hit a speed bump.

Data provided by McGregor BFA
All data is delayed
Loading...
See More

CCMA ready for Lonmin talks

Sep 11 2012 10:13 Sapa

Related Articles

Implats miners demand another increase

Police ready for Lonmin workers' return

Mining unrest spreads

Godsell: Marikana violence outrageous

Lonmin talks falter 'over venue'

Num seeks speedy Lonmin agreement

 

Johannesburg - The CCMA is on standby at Lonmin's Rustenburg operations on Tuesday to be ready should workers return to the negotiating table.

"The CCMA is on standby to commence negotiations should miners comply with the Peace Accord brokered last week," said Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) spokesperson Nersan Govender.

In terms of the Peace Accord signed last Thursday, workers must go back to work for pay talks to resume.

Attendance figures for Tuesday were at 3%, said Lonmin spokesperson Sue Vey.

Police and mine security had been monitoring and there were no reports of trouble or violence at the mine overnight, she said.

The talks are aimed at ending a month-long strike at the mine, which employs around 28 000 people and is one of the world's largest platinum producers. Production has effectively been halted since August 10.

They were scheduled to start at noon on Monday and representatives of four unions - the National Union of Mineworkers, Uasa, Solidarity and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union were present.

A long term pay agreement had been reopened for renegotiation in the light of the events of the past month.

This includes the death of 34 people in a clash with police, and 10 others in days leading up to that.

But work attendance was only at 6.34% on Monday while a march by up to 5 000 people took place outside.

Inside, the CCMA and representatives of the four unions waited for the representatives of a splinter group of about 3 000 people to arrive.

They sent clergymen to say they would not be coming and would only return to work if their salaries were increased to R12 500.

The CCMA is now on standby for them to return.

Earlier, Barnard Mokwena, executive vice president of human capital and external affairs at Lonmin platinum mine, said the group had also complained about the venue.

"The venue cannot be used as an excuse at this stage at all. Nobody has a problem to change the venue," Mokwena told SAfm.

It was already agreed last Thursday that wage talks would happen on Monday, he said.

"So it really baffled us when we gathered, as we had all agreed... that the delegation of employees did not show up," said Mokwena.

"A bishop (speaking on behalf of the delegation) came later saying the workers were not aware of the meeting...

"All we got through the bishop is that the workers had no intention to come through, and also that they did not like the venue."

According to early reports, the violence was apparently sparked by rivalry between Num and Amcu, whose members were demanding monthly salaries of R12 500.

According to the peace accord signed last week, workers were to return to work on Monday to allow the wage talks to continue.

CCMA officials would speak to Lonmin workers on Tuesday and explain to them what was happening.

"Today (Tuesday), we'll give it another go... we'll keep trying and trying and trying," said Mokwena.

"There is no way we can resolve this situation if parties do not come to the table."

He said no deadline had been set for the talks to be finalised.


*Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.


lonmin  |  num  |  ccma  |  mining unrest
NEXT ON FIN24X

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

We're Talking About: Small Business

Standard Bank is looking for 12 entrepreneurs to participate in a 10-part TV series. They could win a R1m investment into their dream.
 
 

The rich will pay - Mpofu

The EFF in Gauteng will focus all its energy on improving the lives of the poor, the party's premier candidate Dali Mpofu says.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Watch what happened when we blindfolded Helen Zille and asked her to eat random things
13 days to elections - news you need to know
11 Julius Malema quotes you'll never forget
DA won't get 30% - Zille

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...
Loading...