Lonmin makes offer to workers

2012-09-13 22:16

Johannesburg - Platinum producer Lonmin [JSE:LON] has tabled an offer to striking workers, it said on Thursday night.

Spokesperson Sue Vey said unions had not given an answer and would consult with their members first.

"The offer will be communicated to employees at the hill where they have been waiting for feedback..."

She said the unions were expected to give a response at midday on Friday.

She was unable to reveal the offer.

Workers at the Lonmin mine have been striking for four weeks, demanding a salary increase to R12 500.

Last month, the protest turned violent and police shot dead 34 protesters and injured 78.

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  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-13 22:25

    What a relieve! At last is been too long now.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-13 22:45

      madoda, go and read the article on the website henry posted above.....people need to understand it.

  • Thabang Diole - 2012-09-13 22:42

    thank goodness! because this issue is degrading our country.. if i was an investor from uk i would think 10 times before investing in such! workers need to stop striking with weapons please! they saw what happened the other time!!!! - 2012-09-13 23:25

      ...And if I was an investor from China, I would think half a time before investing in such a country! XD

      louwc - 2012-09-14 01:42

      @Teddy, they are not investing in Africa, they are buying it - difference. When we kill each other and leave the shell, they will own it. With shopping malls set up and the rest.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-14 06:53

      No Thabang, the ANC has degraded this country!

      hein.huyser - 2012-09-14 07:05

      Thabang, this is what is degrading our country. The anc and it cadres. Read the first comment on this article, and remember this day.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-13 22:51

    Withdraw from ALL contact with the workers until they deliver the killers of the 2 security guards, the 2 police officers and the other 6 (now the other 7, including the latter NUM shop steward) to the authorities. The government and the law must now show what they are made of and if we the average citizens can trust them. This is still going to develop into a nasty credibility problem. You the ANC goverment know it and you have been alerted to the risks.

      TheDifference - 2012-09-14 06:38

      Crraker - well said. The gov and law need to step up to the plate. Either they draw the line in the sand now, or this is just going to keep happening time and time again. Justice must be served!!

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-14 06:48

      How can we trust the government to be the 'Law", or the investigator.... when they are so clearly implicated in all this...... .excuse my french*p. ??????

  • rara.sitofu - 2012-09-13 22:55

    How much?

  • fdalana - 2012-09-13 23:25

    This tussle must come to an end.hopefully opportunists like jm will at least return to their caves.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-14 05:33

      There are many more than jm fdalana - read the info on the site henry posted higher up - shocking info!

  • patrickchina.ngene - 2012-09-13 23:26

    good news for the poor Lonmin miners . I hope some others mines wl do the same !

  • - 2012-09-13 23:26

    I always thought this country was going to the dogs! Apparently its going to Amcu and FYL!

  • tommo.too - 2012-09-13 23:36

    I'm betting about R6700?

  • wiscoh - 2012-09-14 00:22

    Of course, it does .nt hv to be exactly the miner's list a reasonable offer. Enough is enough with the wage strike...

      Vanessa Rivas - 2012-09-14 04:59

      yeah just give them what they want so that in a few months when they strike again theyll know they will get it!!! just dont know hey...

  • TheAccountant - 2012-09-14 00:33

    Please accept the offer or the mine might have to close

  • andy.zondi - 2012-09-14 02:33

    Gosh NEWS24 we get it! 34 miners were killed and 78 were injured...could u stop reminding us everytym u post a story abt LONMIN,

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-09-14 03:00

      I agree! Make it 36000 killed and a few miners... oh cr@p didn't read the story, thought we were talking about those farmers that run around trying to cause a whole bunch off cr@p!!! Don't know how to do a crying smiley face thingy mabobby!

      sally.lewitt - 2012-09-14 04:32

      Gee Andy, are you the only news24 new or old reader..? Jimmy, shut up.. Lol {wink}

      Thabo Manaka - 2012-09-14 04:44

      engage your brain and think before you type such rubbish.Of we must be reminded about masssacre for remembrance.Nothing forces you to comment & keep quite if you have nothing good to say

  • Nita8P - 2012-09-14 05:27

    I wonder if they know the higher their salaries, the more tax goes to government...

      thembani.mabeka - 2012-09-14 06:50

      This is not jus abt tax Nita8p its abt living salaries catch a wake-up plz

      Nita8P - 2012-09-14 07:00

      I never said it's \just\ about tax.

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-14 05:31

    PF - thank you for info - will certainly go through the site - just extracted this for irony sake: "Our values are: Honesty and Integrity Team spirit and Diligence Discipline and Accountability Social Responsibility Commitment and passion"

  • nick.jong.9 - 2012-09-14 06:27

    Wow! R12500 is more than many teachers, especially governing body posts, are paid. Shows you the priorities in the country.

  • Masixole Riovendo-rio Matshaya - 2012-09-14 06:29

    yadayading about crappy education, why should ya be educated to dig, no need, yet when ya should be payed bla bla bla they must educate themselves for such amount, damn fools if was you would ya do such physical challenging and dangerous job for R4 000, put your life in such a risk, you now worried about the economy, GOOD, that means you know that they are the engine of it as well, so now ya should consider their wellbeing, mentally or physically challenging, a job is a job period as employee ya should be payed what ya deserve, instead damn fat stomachs are making a race to Forbes magazin without any sweat, no room for slavery in south africa, not anymore, , ,if ya like this text Hola 7.

      hein.huyser - 2012-09-14 07:15

      @Masiole. I know a lot of unemployed whites that would grabb this job any day. So never think that any work is beyond the white person's hands. However, it is your racist government that made laws that prohibit whites from being employed there. Read the first comment on the link I have provided and marvel at your own cadres' success-stories of how they misuse and abuse your own kind, and then think twice about throwing stones at the whites:

      dmandere - 2012-09-14 07:28

      @Masi , tell them we export minerals in this country nt lawyers , doctors ,accountants to bring forex that all yu bank tellers are busy calculating .....

  • mojalefamajay.muyane - 2012-09-14 06:35

    I wish striking workers will agree on the offer, I'm sick and tired of this deadly strikes.

  • iceman196 - 2012-09-14 06:37

    its the weekend, off to the shebeens they go, lazy louts

  • - 2012-09-14 06:42

    Whatever amount the offer is. Its going to change job rates in the mining sector, fundamentally.

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-09-14 06:52

    Dear News24 and Media Cronies: I am not sure why do you often place fatalty stats in Lonmin saga at 34 and not 44 (lately 45 with the killing of another NUM shopsteward). Are you telling the nation that the death of initial 10 people at the hands of striking workers not a tragedy?

      hein.huyser - 2012-09-14 07:16

      Pathetic reporting. Wonder who the editor is?

  • etienne.lagrange - 2012-09-14 07:03

    This issue is a very complicated one and there will be no easy fix. Unfortunately mining is not a highly skilled profession. Dangerous yes, but not skilled. To ask for salaries higher than a lot of skilled labourers is unrealistic. On the other hand, paying the miners R4000 is also not on. The mines in South Africa do drive the economy, but unreasonable strikes will bring the economy to its knees, and in doing so will disadvantage the poor even more. As I said, a very difficult issue! I really hope the find a solution that will benefit everyone!!

      sibu.malusi - 2012-09-14 08:47

      @hein.huyser. You keep on posting this article regularly throughout this forum. This is the view of 1 man and how can we believe it to be true without some concrete evidence?? It's an interesting read, but that's about it. I refuse to believe that our investigative reporting in this country is so mediocre that no-one would've picked this up.

  • blackexec - 2012-09-14 07:15

    What will happen when or if the mines were to shut down with the high unemployment rate?

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-14 07:24

    Finally,why did it take so long mara?Maybe they wanted more people to die.

      hein.helmand - 2012-09-14 08:30

      You must know the rules of the \GAME\. Stall,Stall and Stall

      hein.helmand - 2012-09-14 08:33

      HR are masters in this Game play.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-09-14 07:36

    They deserve the pay rise that they are asking for.

      samantha.5243 - 2012-09-14 11:28

      if they dont like the wage, they must leave and get another job, just like other people do- no one forced them to take this job-

  • steve.jansenvanvuuren - 2012-09-14 07:36

    It was R12500, now it has gone up to R16000, a few weeks more and they will ask the same salary as Zuma

  • samantha.5243 - 2012-09-14 09:44

    THESE GUYS WERE NOT FORCED TO DO THIS WORK, THEY CHOSE IT! - if they dont like the pay, they must leave and go and look for another job- this is what every other citizen does! yet now the economy must suffer because they are not happy?- fire them and get others who want to work- I am all for a living wage , but to demand an unrealistic amount when there are many other south africans working for much less and much longer hours without resorting to killing and destroying, is too much!

      irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-14 11:33

      if you know how hard it is to work underground you would not talk like that,let us thing before we talk let us creat meaning with words we are using.stupid idea i ever heard.

  • gloria.mathebula.9 - 2012-09-14 10:16

    The whole country should strike we all want money, the minimum wage should be R25000 after all this is banana republic

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-14 15:17

    i can smell it before it comes out from a tin, its a rubbish offer

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