Lonmin employees trickle back to work

2012-08-20 10:56

Johannesburg - World no. 3 platinum producer Lonmin [JSE:LON] said on Monday employees had started returning to work after 44 people were killed last week in a violent strike at one of its major South African mines.

“Attendance has started slowly but is now up to 27%. But it is unclear if the striking workers are returning,” a Lonmin spokesperson told Reuters. About 3 000 striking workers face an ultimatum to show up on Monday or be sacked.

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  • Matthew - 2012-08-20 11:29

    Blame the union fat catz.Its cause of them promoting the violent means of protesting,that your comrades are dead.

  • zwelethu.sabasaba - 2012-08-20 11:31

    Thank you mine workers for returning to work. We now need something that will inspire young entrepreneurs on the headlines.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 11:44

    @ fannie, soon those miners will be unemployed, without profit there is no work, SA mining is going down the tubes fast, 2 mines closed down in the last few months, 10 years ago SA provided 20 % of the words minerals, this is now down to 5%, in 10 years mining will no longer be feasible in SA, due to rising costs, violent & unreasonable labour, diminishing deposits, poor productivity. 1 000 000 jobs will be lost representing R 78 Billion in lost salaries. In 2006 SA was the worlds largest gold exporter, we are now down to 4th after China, Australia, & USA. You also forget the tax revenue that mining generates for the SA Government, with mining gone 14 % of tax revenue (R 17,5 Billion) will be wiped off the board, which would have (or should) been spent on service delivery...some more facts for you....mining represent 20% of our GDP, provides Transnet 50% of their revenue, of the R 441 billion spent on mining 92% was spent locally....before you make statements, maybe you should know the facts, mining is SA, destroy mining you destroy SA, wake up!!!!

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-08-20 11:47

    @john.matuludi.3 and everyone else that believes nationalisation is the answer, please go read this. nationalisation of mining is a great idea if theory, but in practice it will just mean more money in the pockets of a few, not the wealth distribution you've been promised in a attempt for political pandering and an attempt to win votes.

  • busicor.nel - 2012-08-20 11:47

    Let’s be honest. The most people was happy the police actions , as we all been affected by this wild cat strikes and disruption. But the problem I see is if this turn against us. The police went in armed to kill not to fight violent protesters. The police in their arsenal have shotguns that shoot no 5. No escalation of assault was tried, directly into deadly assault. I am glade somebody is standing with our boys in blue, but this was murder. No planning ,or may I say cool headed planning was made. No shields was issued just live ammunition. Now the mine is doing it as well, think of resolving this issue, then force the workers back to work. Surely sting aside two days of mourning will show compactions.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-08-20 11:50

    i dont believe this, its just a strategy to make others feel guilty - workers must just stay away until their demands are met.The lives of fellow comrades cannot be sold for a cheap amount, let the mine bosses fill the pintch

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 11:55

      you are ignorant, what you wish for is mass unemployment, wait & see, things will get worse not better, especially for the miners, but also for the receiver of revenue, you & me. Do you think for 1 second the mine owners have no other options, they will simply invest somewhere else.

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