Lonmin miners sign deal to return to work

2012-09-06 07:37

Johannesburg - Lonmin [JSE:LON] has signed a peace accord with some unions representing striking miners but the more militant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was not part of the deal, the head of labour union Cosatu said on Thursday.

“Last night we had the final process of a peace accord on the Marikana massacre,” Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini told local Talk 702 radio.

“Others parties have signed except for Amcu and the delegation of workers who were supposed to give a report back to the workers.”

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  • tebza.ngoatoana - 2012-09-06 07:48


  • beki.khumalo - 2012-09-06 07:50

    That's great news, sanity has prevailed finally! AMCU's role and conduct in this needs to be investigated, what's their motive? Their real motive? It doesn't seem like it's about the miners and a better wage as they claim...

      mzwandile.sazona.3 - 2012-09-06 08:33

      Chief your comments are premature unless you can enlighten us about the content of the peace accord. Critical to me is what is contained in the peace accord and whether it addresses the the origins of this conflict. I guess for NUM it owuld be easy to sign the accord because the demands of workers has not been their position with management.

      alfred.mokganyetsi - 2012-09-06 21:35

      u shud b asking yrself y ada unions signed without asking de workers first,if u know wt i'm saying.

  • saffaseun.inoz - 2012-09-06 07:53

    Screw them. They should all have been fired and been given NO job. Sack all of the bastards. And give the job to foreigners who actually wants to work!

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-06 08:23

      what a clutch

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-06 12:16

      Most of them are foreigners.

      alfred.mokganyetsi - 2012-09-06 21:45

      surely u hv nt bn undaground,if u visited only once,jst once

  • motleleng - 2012-09-06 08:02

    Its about time, no work no pay...what were u thinking? While they are back at work the police should obtain a search warrant and take all their knobkirries, pangas and what they call traditional weapons...

      kaykay.son.50 - 2012-09-06 08:43

      My memory tells me that during apartheid, in the early 80s and backward, we were not allowed to have anything metal like at our homes... Finding a nail in your yard would warrant an arrest. I am hoping you are not suggesting the same.

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-06 12:18

      @kaykay Your memory has failed you. But then you probably weren't around during the time of apartheid.

      kaykay.son.50 - 2012-09-06 13:00

      @john.loveland.9 You won't know about it as long as you are who/what you are (a white man to be exact) and you never experienced it. I wonder if you know how old I am to say i was not there during apartheid. Oh! Sorry I forgot that everyone in South Africa is a "born again" and need not know anything of what happened before. But sorry i experienced it, I saw it, it happened to me and YOU should be proud that you had an everlasting "negative" impact in my life.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-09-06 08:06

    The violence does not endeth here. Militant Malema and cronies must be charged first with enticing violence.

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-09-06 08:07

    expose the real criminals and those that are supporting them - i hope the judicial enquiry will show the country who is behind this and those responsible are brought to justice for the crimes committed.

  • Sydney Myzer Mokgotho - 2012-09-06 08:07

    Making things to happen finaly is good but i hope in the future we won't wait until people raise voice to get more percents on their pays and i hope things will be in good condition to move forward...

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-09-06 08:08

    Hoping the resolve is 50/50 for all stakeholders. Hope is not empty promises that will backfire soon. Hoping the unoins stopped partaking in gorvernment as tri patriate, instead focus on the interest of workers than ANC and refrain from conflict of inerest.

  • eugene.nel.520 - 2012-09-06 08:13

    Peace pact is worthless without AMCU signing. NUM has not been striking and is not responsible for the violence. Without getting AMCU onboard nothing will change on site. COSATU is NUM's motherbody and was instrumental in getting Malema expelled. All of this years labour issues have been an attempt to destroy NUM and thus COSATU's support base and weaken it's influence in the government. The workers deserve a decent wage no doubts but they are already earning very well compared to other industries. This is a political power play using and abusing workers for personal gain. The sad thing is that out of a workers take home pay probably half is production bonusses. these are sometimes more than the basic pay and even the 12500 they demand. Now that they are striking the bonus will be zero as there is no production to give a bonus on. The workers and their families will suffer and in the end you and me will suffer as downstream businesses will be affected. This problem is much worse and has a wider imapct than people realise. NUM knows this and also knows very well that AMCU is a tool used by Malema to divide and conquer.

      kaykay.son.50 - 2012-09-06 11:12

      I think the problem here is that the workers are and have been deliberately underpaid. It has been aluta continua. It is not only in the mines but everywhere. To be specific, there is a threshold on how much a black person of certain stature should be paid and people have come to realize that. Salaries can be hiked and bonuses still exist the same way. We just need to come to terms with the fact that "the dawn" document signed by Mandela when he wanted to become the resident at all cost does not hold water anymore.

  • shayne.welman - 2012-09-06 08:22

    without amcu i doubt they have a deal. NUM and Cosatu could end up with egg on their faces.My understanding is that Amcu has more members than NUM at this mine

  • lucky.tshilimandila - 2012-09-06 08:24

    Am I missing something or just dumb, I thought the miners were striking for money not peace, what is this peace accord all about, is there an ongoing war at Marikana? The miners were wrong by killing the police and security guards, but also if the latest reports are true about police shooting miners at close range and hunting them down then there are also wrong, I think negotiations should be about money then there will be peace of cause \that's if there's any war\

      mzwandile.sazona.3 - 2012-09-06 08:39

      You are not dumb Chief, peace can only prevail when the real issues are addressed, workers demand for better salaries.

      juannepierre - 2012-09-06 13:25

      I'm with you, in my minds eye the workers should keep a stiff backbone and wait for what they deserve, don't give in now.

      juannepierre - 2012-09-06 13:32

      FIGHT! If they can get this right it will forever change the way the world works. that bridge between the stinking rich and dirt poor can be made smaller. A foreign pig owning anything in a mine in our country will stop. I doubt it will stop greed, which sees no colour only conquest, but it's a step in the right direction, or in a different direction that history doesn't show too much of, the people sticking it to the rich fat pigs. Fight, guys, fight.

  • thandim - 2012-09-06 08:26

    I hate the way things get done in SA...If you want something or rather want to be HEARD then you have to pull a STUNT by Toitoi and vandalising. No one wants to work for Mahala mense, we all want money and honestly the mine workers deserve increase.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-06 08:27

    Why are we suprised? Only those who share the spoils with management and shareholders signed! Confirming once more that those who used to be vangaurds of the working class have jumped ship, to join the feeding frenzy of their fealthy white capitalists freinds! AMCU must not give in or sarrunder, and they must continue to fight until that R 12500 net and above minimum wage is given to them! Our branches as the ANCYL are always open to give justice to those who are voiceless and marginalised. Amandla!!

      elgh.elgh - 2012-09-06 08:40

      Yes you right they must fight until the R12500 is given, because by that time they will be fighting against an empty mine. Wake up and smell the coffee, life is not all about you and your stupid demands. Clearly you are very uneducated as far as economics are concerned and the day to day running of a business.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-06 08:31

    We know that AMCU is not on board they are the ones causing the protests and threatening workers right from the beginning they were exempt from talks anyway as they are not a recognised Union NUM signed a wage deal with Lonmin and cannot negotiate but AMCU didn't that's why they are demanding an increase this is not just going to go away!!! It started out as a Union turf war and Malema is not helping the situation at all by telling them not to back down...what irks me the most is that no one seems to be responsible for the murders of the 10 people criminals are walking free!!!!!

      judith.p.miller.7 - 2012-09-06 08:33

      Also they are threatening to kill the mine management, where in the world do strikers do that? Or get away with that?

  • kaykay.son.50 - 2012-09-06 08:47

    I think COSATU is jumping before the drum beat. The workers went on strike because of the agreement signed by COSATU affiliate (NUM) and that was that the minors will get a certain fixed increase for the next two years. A mandate that the workers did d not know about. So for COSATU to sign something again and claim is a deal... I doubt it. I think the workers said they want R12500 NOT they request a negotiation for R12500. Let us hope they (COSATU) will not find themselves with an egg on their faces for sure.

  • thabiso.tsatsi - 2012-09-06 08:50

    NUM is trying hard to paint AMCU as a violent union.AMCU is fighting a real fight for this miners,NUM is a toothless dog,it's too involved in ANC politics and positions it forgot about the masses it was representing.It's time for change.Why is it that in SA when someone talks the truth we want them banished.Malema is on point,the mine owners exploit our people and land and live in comfort overseas.Enough is enough!!

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-09-06 09:01

    If schizophrenic afrikaaners with multi personality syndrome on this news24 platform really had the balls they would say it out like julius malema whatever they have to say without hiding behind news24

      elgh.elgh - 2012-09-06 09:04

      We rather not say anything than make our names tottie in public.

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-09-06 09:58

      Yeah cowards rather hide behind news24 wagging your tails !

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-09-06 09:01

    Thank God for all our prayers answered. Amen.

  • aurelia.sibanyoni - 2012-09-06 09:34

    Happy that they are going back to work but lonmin must take responsibility and pay workers a living wage to avoid situations like this in future.

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-09-06 12:38

    Who's really to be blamed for the Marikana Deaths??. I personally think, the dead miners commited suicide. Can you chase a gun-armed man with a panga, a stick or knife??. Should the police didn't pull their trigger, got overpower and killed, who were to be blamed??. Let's look things in different perspective, two police officers were assinated during the process, and everybody's mum about that. When you approach a police officer with force, they are ought to retaliate with force. Police officers are victims here. Ohh!!, I forgot, in South Africa, perpetrators are more protected by our justice system than the victims.

      alfred.mokganyetsi - 2012-09-07 19:56

      keep on listening

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