Amcu: No reason to sign accord

2012-09-07 13:42

Johannesburg - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) does not see why it should be part of the Marikana peace pact, union official Jimmy Gama said on Friday.

"(Lonmin) must address the needs of the workers. We are not party to the violence," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

The union was asked why it did not sign a peace accord reached on Thursday after a shooting last month at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West.

The Marikana worker representatives also did not sign the agreement.

The parties who did sign the peace accord in the early hours of Thursday morning were Lonmin [JSE:LON], and trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and Uasa.

The accord was aimed at paving the way for wage negotiations and included a commitment to promoting a peaceful work environment.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said the union had not received another mandate from workers, so it could not approach Lonmin with another wage offer.

"This accord flies in the face of fairness," he said.

He said neither he nor his union ever put a gun to anyone's head, so there was no need to sign a peace accord.

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  • graham.j.nelson.7 - 2012-09-07 15:50

    Yeah Yeah Yeah flies in the face of logic..."we prefer this strike and intimidation thing" This country is on the skids pal!! Lets get out while we can.... Leave it to the ANC and it's uneducated supporters

      tomupeyishe.gwata.7 - 2012-09-09 16:49

      There is one thing I don't understand, all the troubles at Marikana seems to have been the product of AMCU. First, the 10 people who were killed earlier were from NUM, police and guards, secondly the 34 who were shot by the police were A MCU, I think they were the more militant even today. AMCU president is to blame, he is misleading the workers, he must be a leader and not to

      gomolemo.martins - 2012-09-15 05:38

      They don't know peace all they know is 2 kill people,Mathunjwa is not a leader he's a liar,people a being killed @ Marikana becaus of him promising workers R12.500,Dis man is DANGERIOUS!

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