Peace deal 'a step in right direction'

2012-09-06 08:37

Rustenburg - Parties involved in the Marikana talks signed a peace accord on Thursday to pave the way for wage negotiations.

The accord was signed just after 01:00, said Lonmin [JSE:LON] mine spokesperson Sue Vey.

"This is the first step to the right direction. We hope the workers will also sign soon."

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Marikana workers' representatives did not sign the accord.

The accord levelled the ground for wage negotiations. It also included a commitment to create a peaceful work environment.

National Union of Mineworkers (Num) chairperson of health and safety Peter Bailey said the accord allowed for negotiations to start a day after the signing.

The talks that led to the signing took a lot of effort and patience, he said.

"It was a long road to travel. The CCMA will from here on facilitate the talks. The negotiators are required to reach a settlement within 30 days."

Worker representative Zolisa Bodlwana said miners would never be party to the peace accord.

Striking workers had formed their own committee to represent them at the negotiations.

"We felt as if we were in a wrong meeting because they kept on insisting on signing the accord. We left because an accord does not help us in any way."

Bodlwana said a feedback meeting would be held with miners in Wonderkop.

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is expected to speak to the miners at Wonderkop.

Malema would also welcome the rest of the miners to be released from prison on Thursday.

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  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-06 08:44

    An event that started in the Boardroom - spilled over onto a dusty field that resulted in the lives of police and workers ---> Now (some) most parties are back in the Boardroom ... for Round Number 2.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-09-06 08:54

    Lonmin must never give in to these swine or else it will cause a precedent that will go and escalate nationwide and then the country will truly see it's moer. rather fire the whole lot and start all over gain with people who really want to work and value a job.......bottom line.

      story.modikwe - 2012-09-06 09:09

      Wake up apartheid time has gone. Maybe you smoke dagga.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-06 09:27

      There is a chance that the mines may become unprofittable and then no one might have a job. The workers have not thought this through at all and Mr Malema is making the unemployment problem worse. He should be removed from any place of power.

      tebza.ngoatoana - 2012-09-06 09:52

      It doesnt work like that Stephen..Not anymore!! Thats just ur opinion n it will end as such.

  • malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-09-06 08:55

    Please just grow a pair and fire them already. This country cannot afford to keep pandering to this type of behavior, it is time for people to learn about boundaries and consequences.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-09-06 09:05

    Peace accord??? How is that a step in a right direction when they aren't any wages talks !!!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-06 09:06

    So are we in a civil war?

      jason.leppan - 2012-09-06 09:15

      were we ever out of one?

      mzakes.matabata - 2012-09-06 09:38

      I suggest since you have access to the internet you go look up the meaning of civil war. If i can give you a hint "Syria".

  • rickvcooper - 2012-09-06 09:11

    No R12500 - no peace deal (miners) No brains (miners) - no R12500 There is no winner when idiots are involved.

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-09-06 09:49

      And are you smart ?? Walk a mile in their shoes before you can act smart *he who without sin cast the 1st stone*

  • tiaan.vlok.3 - 2012-09-06 09:14

    Can these people not realise that they are making it harder and harder to justify further investment by any company in this Country- including Lonmin. If Lonmin decides to close it doors (which these striking idiots are making more and more possible with every passing day), they will not only not get the increases they want- they will all be unemployed. How shallow can one's thinking be?

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-09-06 09:46

      You must be making this comments eating corn flakes or typing a pc if you understood the working conditions that these man have to put up with you wouldn't be naïve when you are commenting on marikana matter

  • phreewil - 2012-09-06 09:18

    What lies within the land of South Africa belongs to those who live on the land of South Africa.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-06 09:30

      Who is going to take it out when the mine closes down? The only people left might be security.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-09-06 09:33

      Yes and then other countries pay as very well to mine it out and sell it. If they did not do this it would be nothing but worthless rock, we cannot eat rock. Which part of this do you and your fellow cretins fail to understand?

      Erna - 2012-09-06 09:42

      Yes, and that includes me.

  • christiaan.oosthuizen.568 - 2012-09-06 09:33

    they will get R 12500 basic but the rand will be at 20 to the Dollar

      story.modikwe - 2012-09-06 11:03

      I dont care because I dont use Dollar!

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  • divgreyling - 2012-09-06 09:47

    These idiots must realize that if they continue like this the whole mine will shut down, and they wont have jobs. Lonmin cant fire these people, and they know this. The production you lose in the time you fire these people, and the time you lose to rehire and retrain people to drill in the specific shafts is way to long. Lonmin was in a financial crisis before all this crap even started. They will lose R100's of millions in production if they have to go through the process of rehiring.

  • gift.mushi.9 - 2012-09-06 09:48

    Aluta Continua. Thina funa R12500.00 Basic Salary. We want to live in the surbubs of Haartebees as well. We want to have swimming pool in our houses as well. We want to drive cars as well. We want to eat out in Restuarant as well. We want to send our children to better schools as well. The list continues. Amandla, Awethu.

  • barman.ncodiyane - 2012-09-06 09:51

    "Peace deal 'a step in right direction'" - I don't understand this reporting. parties that signed are the ones that have never been in conflict, so where is a right direction here?

  • samantha.ungerer.1 - 2012-09-06 09:58

    The thing i cant understand, is that these people believe that malema could be their hero, how can he change anything in this whole sutuation, he has no right to do anything. he can stand and point his finger, run his mouth and wait till the dust settles and still nothing. he is giving these people false hope that there is a brigther future and at the end of all this bull, he would have delivered nothing. they hope that he can change something but he wont, he hopes for followers and that is exactly what he is getting, hope they realize that he is just dust in the wind and realize that their jobs are on the line. this time i just hope when they storm the police that they didnt kill the rabbit so they can realize even that is utther crap.

      victor.mavie - 2012-09-06 12:13

      You are not a mine worker please just keep quiet and leave people do their job stay away form this

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-06 10:00

    The mine workers are right in this regard, what the heck is this peace accord about, what WAR is fought, this is a labour dispute, not a military campaign, and South Africa and or South African's are not at WAR This is the problem at LONMIN management style the workers are their enemies, regarded as the conquered, this is attitude that caused all this 'cr*p' to happen in the first place. This hole peace accord thing is just a stalling issue, a ploy to force down a statement based purely on 'egotism' and that they are above the issue Lonmin management continues to play political hustlers, in a labour dispute that is bound to become the hard copy text book on, How not to perform, labour disputes, The last chapter, headline, How to ensure, saving face, when the 'plan' goes belly-up. What also stinks here, is the fact that NUM signs a peace deal, but their members were not on ant strike, their was no war between them and AMCU, as stated on national news by LONMIN, No the strikers are correct signing a peace accord implicates them in a trumped up story, that never actually happened, calling for a peace accord in a labour dispute by LONMIN is another bazaar issue brought forth by LONMIN management Lonmin must stop stalling and get on with the job of completing a deal with the workers, R12 500.00 is in this day an age is a good deal, settle!

      tjcraib - 2012-09-06 10:23

      There are a couple of facts that you have got sorely wrong. Firstly I agree the miners should get paid more (not R12500 though). HOWEVER Lonmin is not to blame! A deal for wage increases was signed between NUM and Lonmin last year which continues until the end of 2013 when is is then re-negotiated. Lonmin did this legally as the law states that the agreement must be negotiated and signed with the majority Union representing the workers (in this case NUM who represent more then 51% of the workers). AMCU in an attempt to increase there membership (and income as each miner pays union fees) started promising miners that they could get them R12 500 salaries if they joined there union. This then snowballed and appeared to the miners that they were being cheated and now all wanted what AMCU had been promising, R12 500. Now the illegal striking took place and rightly so Lomin refused wage negotiations a they have already agreed to wages until the end of 2013. This is mainly the Labour Unions fault, as it was their lies (Un-true Promises) which started the ball rolling. Then again the labour union is only following the example that government has set. Make promises but never intend to actually do what you are promising!

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-09-06 10:01

    Uhmmmm has anyone seen Jacob Zuma lately? Is he still the president? He use to be on the SABC's 7 o'clock news every night, now I don't see him anymore. If any of you sees him, would you please tell him that there's a revolution brewing in our country and that we need our president to condemn the violence and lawlessness? And oh before I forget, pls ask him to resign because clearly he is out of touch of what is going down in our land. Thanx.

  • antonie.ras - 2012-09-06 10:06

    Who can survive on R4000/month?

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-09-06 11:07

      Firstly - if you want to talk about just surviving and not having luxuries then let me tell you that many people survive on far far less. Secondly - It is disingenuous to claim that they get R4000 a month. Amongst other things they also get a housing benefit. It has been shown by solidarity that in fact the package these people are getting is more in the region of R10500 - more than what some teachers and police officers get.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-06 10:29

    Antonie - Many white people who have to pay for services and support a family, have to do it on R4000 or sometimes even less, believe me, it can be done. Not easily, granted, but, it is being done, more than you think.

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