Rustenburg - Parties involved in the Marikana talks signed a peace accord on Thursday to pave the way for wage negotiations.
The accord was signed just after 01:00, said Lonmin [JSE:LON] mine
spokesperson Sue Vey.
"This is the first step to the right direction. We hope
the workers will also sign soon."
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)
and Marikana workers' representatives did not sign the accord.
The accord levelled the ground for wage negotiations. It
also included a commitment to create a peaceful work environment.
National Union of Mineworkers (Num) chairperson of health
and safety Peter Bailey said the accord allowed for negotiations to start a
day after the signing.
The talks that led to the signing took a lot of effort and
patience, he said.
"It was a long road to travel. The CCMA will from here
on facilitate the talks. The negotiators are required to reach a settlement
within 30 days."
Worker representative Zolisa Bodlwana said miners would
never be party to the peace accord.
Striking workers had formed their own committee to represent
them at the negotiations.
"We felt as if we were in a wrong meeting because they
kept on insisting on signing the accord. We left because an accord does not
help us in any way."
Bodlwana said a feedback meeting would be held with miners
Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is expected to speak to
the miners at Wonderkop.
Malema would also welcome the rest of the miners to be
released from prison on Thursday.
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