CCMA confirms: Lonmin strike over

CCMA confirms: Lonmin strike over

2012-09-18 22:34

Johannesburg - The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) confirmed the end of the Lonmin Marikana strike on Tuesday.

"Worker representatives informed us this evening that agreement has been reached, and they have signed the agreement. They have accepted Lonmin management's latest offer and will return to work on Thursday 20 September," said CCMA director Nerine Kahn, whose organisation facilitated the negotiations.

The CCMA expressed its appreciation to all parties involved in the Lonmin wage dispute for their contribution to developing a mutually acceptable settlement.

"It was tough, but it was worth it," said Kahn after receiving copies of the agreement.

"Among other things, the Lonmin agreement affirms the importance of a structured approach to managing workplace disputes," she said.

Lonmin also confirmed the news in a statement, and said the company will update the market on the wider implications of the agreement, including its financial impact in due course.

"These have been difficult and tragic weeks for everyone involved with the company, the communities living around our operations and the South African nation as a whole.

"Tonight's [Tuesday's] agreement and the subsequent return to work is only one step in a long and difficult process which lies ahead for everyone who has been affected by the events at Marikana, but it is essential in helping secure the futures of our tens of thousands of employees and all those who rely on Lonmin in the region," acting chief executive Simon Scott said.

Kahn said much work still needed to be done to stabilise the industrial relations in the Platinum Belt.

She said the Lonmin negotiations process contained specific challenges that illustrated the changing dynamic of industrial relations.

These include the participation of worker representatives who were not members of recognised unions, and the involvement of religious groups and traditional leaders.

The CCMA intended to conduct a specific internal review of the Lonmin negotiations process which would be shared with the Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant.

"It is clear from the Lonmin process that we need to be mindful of the social and labour environment in which negotiations take place, and also whether the existing legal framework adequately addresses this and other challenges."

Striking miners had accepted a pay rise of up to 22% and would return to work on Thursday, worker leader Zolisa Bodlani said earlier.

Reporting back to workers at the platinum mine in Marikana on Tuesday, Bodlani said the increase would be applied across the board.

Rock drill operators would now get R11 078 a month before deductions, production team leaders R13 022, and operators R9 883.

Workers would further receive a once-off bonus of R2 000.

President of the SA Council of Churches, Bishop Jo Seoka, who was also part of the workers' negotiations, said the offer was closer to the R12 500 the workers had been demanding since they went on strike on 10 August.

Opposition parties described the end of the strike as a "relief" for the nation.

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  • nananatakemehome - 2012-09-18 22:47

    Why is it a relief for the "nation" ? This resolution does absolutely nothing for me, maybe for Zuma, the mine owners and to some small degree workers. I wouldn't care if the workers ran these clowns out of the country, but of course they are making a fortune, and would rather cling on, coax Zuma and his sheepo of Cabinet Ministers to order the police force we pay with our taxes to kill our brethren, kith and kind. But am glad for the miners for their resolve, I hope they have noted that Zuma, NUM and it's partners are not on their side. It is now time for them to fire Zuma by voting him out. It's now time for ABZ.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-09-19 06:29

      SARS taxs u and police officers also pay tax,some pay more that you,but you say police are paid with your tax money????

      leerobbertse - 2012-09-19 07:38

      Come on you guys at NEDCARE no more complaining about your silly salary's you all see how its been done to get a 22% increase Good luck !!!

      UNITY - 2012-09-19 07:39

      I'm glad we have CCMA that can settle labor disputes such as this one! Our systems work, without the need for Julius!!!

      customdesign - 2012-09-19 07:43

      Don't be stupid- the miners cost our country. They are getting way more leniency than they deserve.

      msalim002 - 2012-09-19 09:08

      to nananatakemehome , lonmin is 50% owned by Ceril Ramaposa ... so yes run them out of the country and give it to those that can run a business and not rape it...

  • jacyjays.letsoalo - 2012-09-18 22:53

    So many lives lost for it come to this! So sad cos eventually there is no winner here! It set also a wrong precedence to future Labour Industrial Action and it is also sad that for us blacks to get what we want some of our folks had to dies! To the new Union Leaders now they have to answer as to why and how they let the violence to spiral down like that! For me it is just a relief for International relations but it just get to show that we still two worlds apart from Poverty and wealth! But I forsee danger ahead

      dexter.morganson - 2012-09-19 00:41

      Absolutely, would have been much easier if they just threw in "Apartheid" that's how most blacks get what they want.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-09-19 03:55

      Eish, no they must work again.

  • matodzi.steveraliwedzha - 2012-09-18 22:54

    Thank god its over

      pule.lesego.3 - 2012-09-18 23:22

      God - 2012-09-19 00:03

      Hao, Pule, the guy is referring to his god.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-09-18 22:54

    Happy for them....hope Lonmin will recognize workers more important then NUM.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-09-18 22:59

    So miners are getting paid more than Zuma's men in blue and SANDF workers. Only in South Africa!

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-19 02:35

      Compare the salaries of a rock driller and a police officer in Australia. Its a public secret that mines pay more!

      ben.spreeth - 2012-09-19 06:31

      The miners do real work.

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-19 07:00

      @william: yes the miners now getting paid more than "JZ's men in blue" u know why, they work hard and long hours so they deserve it, just deal with okei!

      MagdaKus - 2012-09-19 07:05

      It is dangerous work; not that I am advocating the system in general- but in Communist Eastern Block countries, miners were among the best paid I believe. I am not sure what sort of a precedent a 50% or more pay hike will do to our economy though if everyone will now want a 50% pay hike? (I mean I'd prefer that too to my 0-8%! over the last few years!

      MagdaKus - 2012-09-19 07:08

      (not sure re: figures- but from R4000 to R10 000 or 13000 is huge)

      jws.paterson - 2012-09-19 07:11

      Really bongile, miners deserve more than police? That's ridiculous. These guys have virtually no responsibility, and a menial, repetitive task. Everything is spoon fed to them, and their single biggest task is to just do what they are told, and listen to safety briefings. Their work is no harder than most manual labour positions. To say that they deserve more than the men and women who routinely die protecting the citizens of this country is absurd, and offensive. And before you say anything: RDOs die mainly because they take short cuts with safety, and get lazy. If you knew anything about mining, you'd know that.

      thabo.p.m - 2012-09-19 08:44

      police do nothing important nowadays, all they know is ..... wait for it ....nothing

  • Paul Mphap - 2012-09-18 23:09

    Bishop Seoka, you are the star.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-09-18 23:09

    The problems have only started.Watch the other industries copycat these actions........wonder if they will have to kill as well to get these massive increases. The only person scoring is SARS.

      craig.bennetts.9 - 2012-09-19 00:40

      As always!

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-19 07:05

      Maybe, maybe not...if only the government and involved athorities can learn to listen to people's voices there wouldn't be any actions leading to massive economic loss

      maree.cassie - 2012-09-19 07:07

      I agree, all that they have learned is that every time they strike they get more money?

      karen.hartabrie - 2012-09-19 07:49

      I agree PF - a can of worms has now been opened.... Lots more strikes to happen to get what they want.

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-18 23:15

    Is time to say no to slavery,fathers of poor families put afford and hard working not for themselves but to improve lives and econamy of outsiders,they deserve this offer.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-19 07:47

      It amazes me that people as ignorant in language skills as yourself is always screaming revolution... How about you buy a dictionary first

  • ntokozo.kunene1 - 2012-09-18 23:44

    This settlement is far below what these miners were demanding. They were demanding a R12500 basic wage. The figures quoted here are TCTC. The Bishop is trying to muddy the waters by claiming the deal is closer to what they were striking for. My quick calc tells me that these miners are in fact worse off if you take the six weeks lost wages and production bonuses. The actual increase is not 22% anyway as they were due a 9% increase in October as part of the two year wage agreement which is now included in the 22%. The strike action is always a zero sum for workers. The only sure way to increase ones wages meaningfully, is by improving ones skills set and move up the grades. Strikes dont work.These figures proof that once again.

      vusi.mkhize.731 - 2012-09-19 02:03

      I like the way u think my sis, there is policy on skill development of which most companies ignore and the department of labour is doing what in incident like that.

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-09-19 05:39

      Ntokozo, you are a voice of reason in a black sea of ignorence. Improving your skills IS the only way, not pillaging and murder

      tomupeyishe.gwata.7 - 2012-09-19 06:38

      A very good observation indeed Ntokozo, this has proved that people went on roof tops claiming victory for a lose. The bishop is behaving like a politician, preaching half truths.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-19 00:08

    Malema and Shivambu are now really isolated and on their own. They tried to take on forces totally above their capabilities. Those miners are not going to kill or be killed for them.

  • thabiso.mahloko1 - 2012-09-19 00:18

    who do we credit here,num or amcu

      juicecard.tshaka - 2012-09-19 04:47


      bongile.langa - 2012-09-19 07:10

      NEITHER :|!

      jws.paterson - 2012-09-19 07:16

      @ JUICECARD Malema told them to hold out for their R12500. Have a quick look; did they do that? Yes? No? So they didn't do what he said they must. If they did, they'd still be sitting in the shade somewhere. Really now: what did FatFat add to this whole debate? And you say he deserves credit?

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-19 08:49

      neither. the CCMA and this pastor dude.......

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-09-19 00:21

    When is the next one going to start...oh just remembered Chrome miners striking...then who is next and so on and so forth into the darkness. You all deserve one another back there.

  • craig.bennetts.9 - 2012-09-19 00:36

    About time!

  • craig.bennetts.9 - 2012-09-19 00:38

    Now how is that different to any other strike-cause as much damage to the economy as possible threaten,destroy and now kill also,then get what you want-easy hey?

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-19 02:30

    This goes to show that capitalists would go to extremes to avoid paying workers their due. For weeks we were told that the drillers are paid R11k and now they are confirming a new salary of R11k! They are worth it considering that SA mines are the cheapest to run. And now to those news24 douchebag bloggers who were saying the workers' demands were unreasonable what's your take? I guess you can subsidies the workers' salaries to keep the mine afloat lol. Thanks to all Marikana workers for shaking things up, you deserve more!

      sarel.esterhuizen - 2012-09-19 07:07

      And the problem with socialism is that you can pay on time until you run out of other people's money, which you will. Capitalism is not perfect but it is the best the world has to guarantee growth of the economic pie so there is more for everyone. China and India recorded the highest period of growth the world has ever seen not through their socialistic and communistic roots but by liberating their economies and embracing free market principles. Tired of everyone forever branding capitalism as the source of our problems. Fix education and grow a nation with real marketable skills and watch how quickly capitalism fixes poverty. But to do that one needs a capable and accountable government. Not the self serving incapacitated government that we have. China's industrialization phase will be complete by 2020, and commodity based economies like ours will suffer when their demand for raw materials drops. We need to stop squabbling as a nation and make sure we grow our economy enough in the next 8 years that the hardship does not increase massively when demand drops. There is a ticking time bomb, and the more we waste time and energy to fix the inequality of the past, the more we are dropping the ball for future generations.

      jws.paterson - 2012-09-19 07:22

      How do you, Lerato, determine a miner's due when you say that the mines want to avoid paying it? Mines generally pay them what they are WORTH. I'd like to see your evidence that SA mines are the cheapest to run. Because I'm sitting on about 20 years worth of financials and other material proving otherwise. We are one of the most inefficient and unproductive, on a per person basis, if that counts for anything. That's because of strikes like this, and unrealistic expectations. The uninformed yet vocal mutterings of people like you doesn't help much either. Be informed; it will help you.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-19 08:50

      @jws.paterson, I like the fact that you enjoy facts, so lets get to it. South African mines have the cheapest labour, electricity and generous tax rebates. As you claim that you love going through financials, take a look at Lonmin financial statement for 2011/12 financial year look at their UK and Australia output and operational costs compare that to SA, even a lab rat can interprete that I guess. Most of these low operational costs have come at the expense of the tax payer; we are subsidising private companies who are in turn paying their executives millions and peanuts to our people! Whats your take on that  (BHP) Billiton is paying 8.8c/kWh-10c/kWh while we are paying 120c/kWh for electricity, the company uses 7.5% of the total electricity generated in the country, but only employs 3,000 people and contributes a minuscule 0.01% to our gross domestic product! This is just nonsense, but people like you don’t care because it’s the so called foreign investments and they are doing us a favour, screw such shallow minds! To you its forget these corporates rather attack the poor people in informal settlements who are not paying for electricity, really now?

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-19 12:04

      @docwally, The BHP deal was signed by the corrupt apartheid government, am shocked you don't know that! And do you know why the 1200 were laid off? It had nothing to do with financial resources but about the shaft viability, the increment had nothing to do with the shut down it was a long gone conclusion, a bit of research will do you good! They got a 22% payrise, remember the R11k is total cost including added benefits, the 22% being refered to here is for basic pay wiseman!

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-09-19 03:34

    At that level of salary I can see the job losses. Oh BTW the shaft construction that would employ 1200 more has already been cancelled!

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-09-19 05:51

    Thank God it's over, so long as they are happy with the offer given I'm happy for them!!!!!! No need for you to complaining...let them be..!!!!!!!

  • jacobsnadeem - 2012-09-19 06:16

    okay, so whos going to strike next?

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-19 06:23

    Goldfields next???

  • breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-09-19 06:37

    Now that the mine has looked at the interest of the workers the mine will be obligated to look after their shareholders'interests. One way to cut the cost incurred by the strike and the rise in salaries would be to cut the workforce. Automation of the their operations will help to reduce the workforce and improve productivity.

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-19 08:45

      Lonmin won't cut the workforce

  • Mlungisi Mbilase - 2012-09-19 06:46

    Thanks for the new positive developments, the miners have won their battle leaving behind sore hearts of groups who vowed to only protect their interests, no matter how.

      jws.paterson - 2012-09-19 07:24

      Nobody won here pal; 45 people have died... To say that is ridiculous.

  • siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-19 06:46

    Finally!!!! Now politicians must find something else to capitalize on for positions in the ANC!

  • katlegojones.malemela - 2012-09-19 06:54

    Oh finally, some idiot see reason to share the wealth with the workers who risk their lives daily, clearly this money was available to better the lives of the masses and there wasn't a need for a bloodbath we have yet witnessed. May the souls of killed RIP and I wonder if their families would benefit in this once-off bonuses excluding service payouts, if any!

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-09-19 06:57

    Quite a full of money for an uneducated worker. It is more than the 7/8K qualified teachers earn in KZN! And they wonder why our education system is a mess?

  • leerobbertse - 2012-09-19 06:58

    Wow !!!now I know how to behave if I ever need an increase, my boss better watch out... but what is worse is that they tell the world they earn R4000 p/m and with a 22% increase they now earn R9883 p/m.. What medication are they on?

      jws.paterson - 2012-09-19 07:25

      Miners were talking bull when they reported they earned R4k. That's why not a single payslip was shown to media...

  • brighton.mrewa - 2012-09-19 07:00

    Sanity prevails bt for hw long?????

  • khumbulani.kunene.12 - 2012-09-19 07:06

    At last they get it sesikhathele amabhunu esixhaphaza

  • musa.hlatshwayo.31 - 2012-09-19 07:15

    Agree with Jacyjays,our black people must die before they get what they want,anyway i think NUM must be fired and be responsable for all the killings as they were always not telling the thruth i hate NUM they take bribes from white British Lonmin that the strike is over i hope for the better in next comming years..

      Davincy505 - 2012-09-19 07:38

      NUM was build with good intentions but the present leaders missed lead the mine workers. They are only taking care of their interest and forgets the members who elect them into the position. Rustenburg is the worst region in South Africa they fight for position and when they get it they don't serve the members. What has to be done is to remove all the leadership from the region to national

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-09-19 07:16

    I can see teachers, nurses and social workers quiting their jobs to become rock drill opertors because in that way they can earn more.

  • gomolemo.moreetsi - 2012-09-19 07:19

    ALL ALong i dd nt understand y our brothers thy always broke. it stil nt better offer. thanks 2 conclusion. GOMO-M. At RUSTEN North west

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-19 07:23

    These illiterate mining workers, many from foreign countries, earn more than the people who try to educate your children!

  • karen.hartabrie - 2012-09-19 07:46

    A can of worms has now been opened. WAIT - more strikes to come in this country... A presidence has now been created..............

  • phumlanin3 - 2012-09-19 09:00

    They did it without help from unions, beside no other union has ever achieved such an increase, the question is do we still need unions to represent us ???

  • jacob.senzo - 2012-09-19 11:38

    Good people would some people enlight me with cyril ramaphosa exactly what is doing at lonmin if it is the labour broker is not wat cosatu was fighting against, please good people other people are turning things around en difficult 4 our own people looking 4 their own stomach.

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