Claim: Amcu excluded from talks

2012-08-22 19:05


Johannesburg - The Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) claimed on Wednesday that Lonmin and the NUM had excluded it from talks on the strike at Marikana.

The National Union of Mineworkers and Amcu were to have met on Tuesday night, Amcu president Joseph Mathenjwa said.

"We waited for at least two hours at Lonmin [JSE:LON] offices, only to see National Union of Mineworkers president Senzeni Zokwana emerge from a meeting with management," he said.

Mathenjwa said Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA leader Phathekile Holomisa had asked the unions and management for talks on Tuesday night.

Lonmin could not be reached for comment late on Wednesday.

NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said he did not know anything about the meeting, but said Amcu did not have the bargaining rights at Marikana which would enable it to negotiate with the employer.

"They only have bargaining rights at Lonmin's Karee mine, not Marikana. Amcu does not have representation at Marikana," Seshoka said.

Amcu met Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant in Rustenburg on Wednesday. Oliphant said in a statement that the meeting was "to defuse the tensions" at Marikana mine.

"The meeting was cordial... Amcu told us their side of the story and problems they are confronted with at the mines. We resolved to continue talking. We will involve other unions in a bid to find a lasting solution."

On Thursday last week, 34 workers were shot dead and 78 were wounded when police tried to disperse striking miners in Marikana.

Another 10 people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-22 19:53

    What these miners really need is this....

      kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-22 20:22

      Yes and a strong case of HONEST leadership.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-08-22 19:56

    They were excluded from Saturdays meeting as well as Shabangu said she didn't know what part they played in the mines and didn't know of their existence!!! Its as clear as daylight that all this started as a Union turf war

      ben.pieters.9 - 2012-08-23 07:00

      The unrest is not a turf war. It is the logical outcome of a distorted labour relations environment where 1 union has to be "recognised" by the employer if it has 50% plus 1 of the employees as members and if this number drops, it is given 3 months in which to correct it!. AMCU is a significant player in this space due to the frustration of employees with the service they receive from NUM and thus joined AMCU. Lonmin is not allowed to talk to AMCU in terms of the Act in trying to defuse the situation, as was the case at Implats. They may only talk to NUM. The blatant discrimination against AMCU by the politicians is scandalous and does nothing to defuse the situation.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-23 08:09


  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-22 20:04

    There is no end to the mischief. If it were just mischief. People have died - and I suspect will continue to die - because of the disinformation and whipping up of people's emotions on half-truths. And sometimes outright lies. Vultures preying on people's lives to further their own political ends. If I were a mine worker, at this stage I wouldn't count on either union to represent my interests. There's way too much vested interest and too much that is not being told. Mine workers - we understand your predicament but don't get used again. We've had too many generations who have sacrificed in the name of a cause already.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-22 20:20

    Yes well it seems they have blood on their hands and as or equal to a little uneducated boy maybe they should shut up and wait in the corner until called.

  • joubert.joep - 2012-08-22 21:30

    Joseph Mathenjwa - YOU are responsible for this! You and Malema will have a great time in your own private "political" self development! Why were you not there when it all happened? Get yourself into a position of "power" and get more money - who cares about the people? Take their money and stay away - more they get the more you get man... Abuse it!

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