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Company: Lonmin talks 'cordial'

2012-08-22 18:12

Johannesburg - The meeting between Lonmin [JSE:LON] management and representatives of striking workers went well, the company said on Wednesday.

"The meeting last night [Tuesday] went really well and there was a lot to talk about," spokesperson Susan Vey said.

"As the mine, we are pleased that we are talking to the striking workers. However, we are not sure if there will be any more meetings in the future."

The meeting was held at the Lutheran Church, in Wonderkop, after the Bench Marks Foundation offered to co-ordinate it.

The foundation is an independent faith-based organisation monitoring corporate performance,

Police opened fire on a group of protesting workers gathered on a hill near the mine on Thursday, killing 34 of them and wounding 78. Another 260 were arrested on charges of public violence and remain in custody.

In the week leading up to the shooting, 10 people - including two police officers and two security guards - were killed.

Vey said President Jacob Zuma was at the mine on Wednesday afternoon and addressed the 22% of the Lonmin work force who reported for duty.

Earlier, Zuma visited Nkaneng in Wonderkop to listen to the striking workers.

Vey said the mine would be closed on Thursday to mourn those who were killed.

The foundation said the talks between mine management and the representatives of striking workers were "cordial".

"Negotiations started on Monday to give the workers a platform to present their grievances and demands," said the foundation's chair Jo Seoka, who is also president of the SA Council of Churches.

"So far the process was very cordial and both parties listened to each other."

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements at the mine. Workers also wanted higher wages.

A cleansing ceremony would start at 6:00 on Thursday, Vey said.

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Comments
  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-22 18:35

    No if they had "cordial" educated, civil talks prior to this day - the massacre would not have happened. But we want to sort everything out with shouting, screaming, demanding, weapon-swinging manner. We must get rid of this 'WE DEMAND' attitude that our people have been taught.

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-22 18:42

    Retrench, retrench and retrench again. It's the only solution. Then employ foreign labour to do the work. Way to go

      Conipas - 2012-08-22 19:03

      Such comments really sadden my soul. I am pretty sure you are well off, educated, never previously and currently disadvantaged like these poor miners. You could also be a business owner who only sees things from a singular dimension. The real problem in my view is a disfunctional government and a unpatriotic business who has to be whipped into taking responsibility.

      philip.buys.1 - 2012-08-22 19:10

      Bring in some cuban miners

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-08-22 18:42

    Hopefully everyone learns from this whole sordid affair.

  • wdvilliers - 2012-08-22 19:02

    I do not understand this...SHANDUKA has got the biggest share why is their name not called...they are big culprits all over south africa...

  • philip.buys.1 - 2012-08-22 19:09

    Only 22% of the workers were at the mine. I think you have it wrong...you cannot see the others....they drank muti and are invisible.

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