More miners seeking wage hikes

2012-08-22 07:58

Johannesburg - Rock drill operators at two other platinum mines are now also demanding salary hikes, like their counterparts at the violence-hit Lonmin mine in Rustenburg, according to a report on Wednesday.

Business Day reported that workers at Anglo Platinum's (Amplats) Thembelani mine near Rustenburg had given management until Friday to respond to their demands.

Rock drillers at Royal Bafokeng's BRPM mine were also demanding a R12 500 monthly salary.

"There are indications Amcu (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union) might want to organise at our operations, which management is not against - provided it is done by the rules and with the utmost discipline," Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri told the newspaper.

Police opened fire while trying to disperse protesting workers gathered on a hill near the mine on Thursday, killing 34 of them and wounding 78.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over recognition agreements at the mine. Workers also wanted higher wages..

Rock drill operators at Lonmin said they were demanding a R12 500 monthly salary, but Lonmin had insisted that it had not received any formal memorandum of demand from the workers.

Lonmin told Sapa that rock drill operators earned R10 000 per month without bonuses and over R11 000 including bonuses.

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  • henri.lombard - 2012-08-22 08:08

    O boy, lets hope they have learned from last week.but who am i kidding ?

      kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-22 08:24

      Agreed but lets hope they stay away from the sangoma the others used !

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-22 08:40

      At least Malema has got something to keep him busy for some time to come. Cometh the hour, cometh the false prophet.......

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-08-22 09:01

      There is so much gravy, its popping out of my ears. lol

  • mfrater - 2012-08-22 08:11

    This is the problem with being sympathetic to illegal strikers, eventually every single labourer that is not happy with their wage will strike and bring the country to its knees. If they strike illegally just fire them. Nip that "demand"/"I want, you will give" attitude in the bud, now before it begins to trend and hurt this nation!

      Klaus - 2012-08-22 08:44

      Problem is, it works for them, now you try and rock up at your workplace with spears and other assorted weapons, see what happens

      andrew.martin.71619533 - 2012-08-22 09:26

      i think it too late to reverse that trend unfortunately.....i agree with the 'get fired' if strike is unlawful, plenty people desperate for work...any work....that old saying.....half a loaf is better than no loaf....

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-22 08:13

    Give them shares, then they will be committed to improving productivity, give them nothing if they strike illegally or violently, this must absolutely not be negotiable, NUM, NUMSA, Cosatu, AMCU & the ANC Governemnts very 1st step is the agree that no more strikes should occur without following the proper procedures, any violence, any armed protest, any intimidation, should NOT be tolerated.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-08-22 09:31

      They are stupid enough to strike and be less productive even if they are shareholders.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-08-22 08:14

    Get rid of them. There are some good blasters out there that would give everything to do blasting for the mines. Let these money seekers go to the private sector and open their own business. Lets see if they could get one job

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-08-22 08:16

    Not such a bad pay for the uneducated, where do we sign up? (R10 000 p/m)

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-22 08:22

    They earn ten grand! That's more than enough.

  • nads.delange - 2012-08-22 08:25

    I know candidate attorneys and auditors, with years of studies behind them, who do not earn that. These guys are delusional!

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-22 08:37

      Well the last violent wild cat strike at Implats organised by Amcu resulted in management caving in & giving the rock drillers R 9000. This flew in the face of the 2year agreement that management had signed with NUM for a lesser wage. So it seems that Mine management dont know what they are doing & R 12500 is not too far off what Implats is paying their rock drillers now. As long as mine management dont stick to previous agreements & cave in to violent unreasonable demands & as long as NUM continues to lose focus on being a union, AMCU will continue to take advantage of this & protest with violence & make unreasonable demands.

      nads.delange - 2012-08-22 08:49

      9k for no education? I'll take that! Would've saved me a lot of time and effort and incredibly hard work behind books and in classes.

  • morne007 - 2012-08-22 08:33

    Rivalry between Unions? Now where the hell is that big mouthed Vavi to stop this nonsense

      msendi - 2012-08-22 08:42

      Gone fishing. Will be back soon…

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-22 08:35

    Demand, demand, demand. They all want a seat on the gravy train. They think that life owes them. Zero work ethic - the African way. The cANCer has taught them well how to destroy, demand, strike and generally make everything unpleasant. Now the cANCer government have to deal with what they produced and are clueless at what to do. Trolls.

  • johana.salivan - 2012-08-22 08:44

    Time when one of the big mines will decide to close operations in SA is getting very close. Others will follow very quickly...

  • khulekanithulanikhuks.nhlanhla - 2012-08-22 09:08

    This just shows how ungreatful people can be, I mean R10 000p/m is a lot of cash. My dad is a taxi driver, with a lil that he earns, he takes care of the whole family of 7 without complaining. There's no such thing as having enough money, it all takes planning. He secured registration cash for me to go to varsity,right now m doing my second year in Geology and have a bursary, all he gives me now is pocket money once in while. You want more money, get educated or start something of your own!!!!!!!

      morne007 - 2012-08-22 09:41

      Dude, pleeeease buy your old man a beer and tell him its from me. I too will have one tonight on a man who any son can be proud of!

  • bullardx - 2012-08-22 12:04

    dam miners... we would all like 200-300% increases in our jobs. but come on lets wake up to reality.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-22 13:08

    Has anyone actually explained to the workers that yes you earn R12000 per month does not mean that is what you take home, you have to pay tax and UIF, then comes medical aid and pension, then you have to pay accommodation and water and lights. Or do they really think that the rest of the population gets all this for free (i am talking about the taxpayers)- obviously. It seems to me that the Unions want more money from their subscribers and they are inciting the workers to revolt. Start thinking with your head and not some other part. I feel nothing for the strikers i am of the opinion that they should be fired. I earn R10000 and i pay half of my salary to rent, lights and water, i pay for my petrol and food - hey if i can't go and party every week end that's my problem and i make do. But hell you don't see me striking - i have employment and i am grateful in these hard economically times. So get with the program and really grow up.

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  • veromenezes - 2012-08-24 02:56

    Australian underground production miners earn around $12500 - $16000 per month -(approx. R100,000 - R128,000 per month). SA miners are asking for R12,500. The contrast is astronomical!

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