Lonmin strikers accept pay offer

2012-09-18 18:02

Marikana - Striking miners at Lonmin's Marikana platinum accepted a company offer of a 22% overall pay increase to end more than five weeks of crippling and bloody industrial action.

Workers gathered at a soccer pitch near the Marikana mine cheered when they were informed of the 22% offer, and said they would return to work on Thursday.

"The workers are very happy with it [the wage offer] and so we believe that what has happened here has been a victory really for the workers, and they're going to work on Thursday morning," said Bishop Jo Seoka, South African Council of Churches president who brokered the talks between the miners and their employer.

  • - 2012-09-18 18:05

    Really hope that this will last, and that this is actually the whole story.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-18 18:32

      Could've been a peaceful protest with the same result. The miners were already in a power position by not going to work. That would've been enough. No spears needed.

      kaspaas.breekwater - 2012-09-18 18:58

      This will now be an annual event - like with the school teachers. Now that they've seen it works, I guarantee you it will become an annual event.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-18 19:09

      Common sense prevails. The workers should be very happy with their 22%. 300% was just simply outrageous and absurd.

      annelene.munro - 2012-09-18 19:23

      Agree with kaspaas - if only companies would offer the maximum they can afford right at the start of negotiations, and after striking and striking and striking, workers will realise that it was a real maximum offer on the table and no strikes can improve the offer, you will not experience what happened at Lonmin.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-18 19:26

      Bills that need to be paid and hungry children will bring you back to reality

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-18 18:06

    Ur fallen brothers will haunt you for their 12500.

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-18 18:30

      I think its more like the voice of \oh sh#t I've got no money this month has prevailed\.

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-18 18:39

      Besides it wasn't me who said \we will never accept less than 12500, it would dishonour the memory of those that have died for it\. No matter what the increase it could never justify the loss of all those lives and it should never justify the pure animal behaviour we witnessed during this action.

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-09-18 18:48

      Well, truth be told, they did mention the fact that anything less than 12500 would dishonour the memory of those that died for it\.

  • Michael - 2012-09-18 18:07

    Thank goodness, its all over, miners must focus on their lives and Malema must now find something else to keep him on news headlines.

  • lekkeperd.chevyss - 2012-09-18 18:08

    Was this all the drama worth?

  • mzondistanley - 2012-09-18 18:12

    Lonmin, I want to credit you for being forth coming but The Bottom line is Do not leave Labour Issues untill we are all hated by Woprkers!! It is your responsibility to solve your workers concerns!! Do not leave issues uptill Hell Breaks loose!! No!! These are your Workers Invest in them if they are to work fruitfully for you and the Economy!! Workers and Employers are two legs of one Body !! Non can function without the Other!!!!!!!

      jay.vyas.984 - 2012-09-18 18:26

      Hi Mzimba58, Surely you should be writing this message to COSATU & the ANC Alliance! These poor Workers surely VOTED for the Alliance - ANC and that the actual failure of the past 5 weeks was the inability of COSATU ! Can you please tell us what did Blade or Vavi actually do? As much as the ANC did! very very little!

  • collins.nkuna - 2012-09-18 18:13

    Criminal activities can stop for now and the police should do what they were employed for ,they should fight crime and bring criminals into jails.i think their role in Marikane is over now and the miners are happy ,unfortunately some of them met their untimely death while fighting for their rights...

  • lizelle.leroux.31 - 2012-09-18 18:14

    and how much did they loose in wages, bonuses and and and ???????

      sunith.varkey - 2012-09-18 18:17

      Usually the agreement for ending the strike includes the increase and back pay for the days of unempoyment

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-09-18 18:33

      But not for the days on strike!!! no work no pay

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-09-18 18:41

      Plus 1200 M&R employees will now be laid off. What a cost? Plus the decision to scrap the project will also affect new employment opportunities as there will be no expansion of operations.

  • sebenza.vanrooy - 2012-09-18 18:14

    22% of how much? silly reporting.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-18 18:18

      The lowest paid, R4300 now get R5246. The higher paid e.g. RDOs go from R10500 to R12810

  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-18 18:14

    Everybody will want to be miners now.

  • varena.vahuu - 2012-09-18 18:15

    This is realistic. The demands were just too high. Thanks for the mutual agreement.

      MatomeAnchor - 2012-09-18 18:47

      The miners were lucky, never heard of such increase in many years unless we talking promotions

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-18 18:16

    Was this worth 45 lives????????

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-09-18 18:16

    Pity power and war mongers aren't happy dat d mining strike's over cause they no longer have a platform to throw mud @ their rivals! Miners need to know that it wasn't Malema, Num, Amcu or any politician nor inyangas who brought them their victory. They need to disown these manipulators in future!

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-18 18:17

    All these people dead for this. Blood money, pure and simple.

  • charl.reaper - 2012-09-18 18:17

    I for one am very glad that this seems to be sorted out. I really just hope that in the future if people are unhappy with their wages they can go about it in a more non violent manner. It really was not something that any of us in South Africa want to see again. Hopefully this incident will also make the government aware that the nation is becoming slowly but surely irritated with current progress in it fulfilling it's mandates set out post 94.

  • thepatrickwinter - 2012-09-18 18:18

    This won't be the last we hear of this, Marikana will be a term used many times in the future for situations similar to what we have seen over the last month. It will be as prevalent and meaningful to us as 911, sharpeville, apartheid etc in the future.

  • freddy.vandermerwe.7 - 2012-09-18 18:20

    now that's an amount to die for

  • sunith.varkey - 2012-09-18 18:20

    All this chaos over an extra R1000 a month. The miners probably just wanted a 6 week holiday

  • madelein.delange2 - 2012-09-18 18:21

    Lonmin made a mistake here, the unions have now ascertained that they can get what they want when they want it. Increases out of the normal increase cycle just opens the door. You have made your bed, now you have to sleep in it.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-18 18:21

    I think most would say that's reasonably fair, let's hope that there are no more instigators to disrupt this solution.

  • cya.ngoma - 2012-09-18 18:21

    Woow!!! at least we'll read something new from News24 not this Marikana thing everyday.

  • xmkungeki - 2012-09-18 18:22

    Thank u Julius Malema.....where will this country be withour you well timed intervention!!......fat cats must always remember real workers.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-18 19:07

      You are hilarious! Thanks for being Comedy Central today. The only thing Malema did was make sure that he gets into some headlines again, he was missing his fame. Believe me, if he was allowed to speak to the miners again yesterday this would've dragged on for even longer.

  • xmkungeki - 2012-09-18 18:23

    Thank u Julius Malema.....where will this country be withour your well timed intervention!!......fat cats must always remember real workers.

      lesego.mmebe - 2012-09-19 10:30

      Budha the toll gates....they have been earning R2,400 ever since increase........go thereee.......invited or univited..........

  • jubalizer - 2012-09-18 18:23

    Now that this is over I wonder where Malema plans on showing up next?

  • neil.harris.370177 - 2012-09-18 18:27

    hahahahahaha, I love the way the reporter doesn't report the amount in Rand figures. Thats because these idiots were always reporting on net amounts which the miners earned and not gross. I bet you that 22% comes in at about R10700 gross.

      nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-09-18 18:32

      Hahahahaha,you are right I was desperate to the exact offer but you help me.thax man

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  • rowan.maulson - 2012-09-18 18:33

    I hope there are massively onerous conditions attached to it to be honest.

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-09-18 18:38

    So now these guys will have to work for months to recover the money they lost during the strikes. Stupid.

      annelene.munro - 2012-09-18 19:28

      I read in the media (which doesnt always make it true!!) that a lot of miners had to borrow money from the money lenders ... and they arent scared to load their interest rates, so not sure how much they will have to put in their pockets ...

  • freddied - 2012-09-18 18:41

    i hate that they ve showed everyone that u ve to fight and die for what u want and u will get it, soon we will see another strike

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-09-18 18:46

      Great if you strike violently and kill people who want to work you can get a massive 22% increase. I guess this message will now get out to just about every sector of our economy. Watch this space!!!!

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  • MatomeAnchor - 2012-09-18 18:42

    The miners are over the moon now, i hope they all understandand what 22% means. This report is incomplete, what happens to the terminated contracts? Is there any guarantees that no employee will loose the job in the next few months? New24, we need more info

      rowan.maulson - 2012-09-18 18:46

      Why should there be any guarantees that no employee will lose their job in the next few months? These cretins went on an unprotected strike, and in my opinion, are bloody lucky to still have a job.

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-09-18 18:45

    I think the is no space to celebrate about MARIKANA, infact we must brace ourself for more violent strikes. Workers from other sector's especially the low pay one's are watching the events unfolding from the Lonmin strike with keen eyes because they have from this that militarization of strikes does pay in the end when violence and intimidation is used. So we have gained nouthing but galvanising other strikes to come to be violent....

      Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-09-18 18:51


  • koketso.senabe - 2012-09-18 18:45

    How much is 22% of R4500.00?

      sebenza.vanrooy - 2012-09-18 18:48

      lazy bugger

  • anton.coetzee.5 - 2012-09-18 18:47

    So the new bench mark for increases 22%, lets see who will match that. The problem in the mining sector started with Kumba Iron Ore giving workers R500 000 in 2011, the showed everybody what the mining sector can afford.

  • kenneth.kgosi - 2012-09-18 18:53

    Dis is great news for de industry

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-09-18 18:53

    Hope this is a true report not just a misleading one

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-09-18 18:53

    TOP Management had finally found a way to meet the deadly strike in Marikana. There was no other way!

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-09-18 18:55

    Thank you, that's the best new we've been waiting to hear since this strike started. Things can now go back to normal. At least this was not all for nothing.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-18 18:57

    At least another tragic loss of innocent lives has been prevented.And economy would be brought to norm,But that is if they will not start it again after two months.

  • pisciotta - 2012-09-18 18:57

    This is a win win win for the Miners, Lonmin and proving the impotency of Malema to the world. I wish Minumum Wage in SA would be R12K but that is not going to happen. Maybe in a few years with inflation, but not now.

  • Matlala - 2012-09-18 18:58

    We appreciate the covenant that brings peace in Marikana and mining industry. Miners and the country have learnt a hard way that negotiations are always better than listening to politicians with eye pasted on the carrot. Peolpe like Malema are not well positioned to help South Africans get employed and keep employment. Malema, Godi and Lekota are bogus leaders.

  • pisciotta - 2012-09-18 18:58

    This is a win win win for the Miners, Lonmin and proving the impotency of Malema to the world. I wish Minumum Wage in SA would be R12K but that is not going to happen. Maybe in a few years with inflation, but not now. Let us not think those who died did so in vain. But let us all agree they died unnecessarily.

  • 009ICE - 2012-09-18 19:00

    this is pathetic,and the miners have to reflect on wether it was even worth people dying!Or do they assume its 22k instead of %?Even 100% of R4000,aint much,but 100% of a milion translates to much!

  • andy.zondi - 2012-09-18 19:02

    Wow wat an anti climax...alls well that ends well?

  • pule.lesego.3 - 2012-09-18 19:10

    22% of R4500 is R990 and they refused R900 last week so News24 you just a trash you can't repeat.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-09-18 19:11

    so how this is the new MO for south african unions. Kill people until they get what they want. Wonder how many will die in next year's round of wage negotiations.

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2012-09-18 19:11

    Hahaha,these miners confesed that they dont understand percentages and they want their increament given in Rands.that is why u would see some of them saying they want 12.5% increase, thinking it is equivalent to R12 according to them an increase of 22% is equivallent to R22 000. Hahhahaha stupid fools

      Ntshobs - 2012-09-18 19:24

      you want a stupid fool, look in the mirror

      christyitumelo.ramoadi - 2012-09-18 19:30

      lol hahaha

      Tsheoga - 2012-09-18 22:13

      go 2 hell u hater

      lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-09-19 00:35

      Uncle tom, you are a stupid ass

      lesego.mmebe - 2012-09-19 10:19

      It was best if you said nothing,R12,500 after deductions is not increase you fool....we are paid per shift not per hour....since you are more educated,show us 'idiots' how percentages work per day?

  • Bheki Nas - 2012-09-18 19:13

    Still very low...only R990 increase

  • Ntshobs - 2012-09-18 19:19

    these are good news, well we won't respond to fake stupid liberals who insulted miners for demanding better wage, they will continue with their foul mouths, after all thats the only thing they are good at. council of churches good stuff, hats off.

  • alexander721 - 2012-09-18 19:22

    this has been hsiled as a great success, really, they are earning between R9000 and R 12000 and the majority still live in shacks with no flushing toilets. where is the success? tgovernment should now step in and build some homes for them

      douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-18 20:11

      I used to earn R110 a month as an articled clerk, I never went on strike, nobody built me a house, I rented a bachelor flat for half my salary. Getting to the end of a month I didn't have a lot to eat. I went to university at night and had to pay my own fees. I had to buy second hand books and I walked everywhere. If they took half their salary they could rent something instead of living in shacks, what do they do with their money? I didn't drink.

  • johnlubisi.john - 2012-09-18 19:28

    so where to now, mr malema

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