Unions 'considering' Lonmin offer

2012-09-14 07:58

Johannesburg - Unions will consider a wage offer from Lonmin [JSE:LON] on Friday morning before responding to the company at noon, the National Union of Mineworkers said.

“As soon as it is presented (to workers) and considered, we will reconvene at 12 o’clock,” said Num spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

Lonmin tabled the offer to workers on Thursday evening.

“The offer will be communicated to employees at the hill where they have been waiting for feedback....,” said Lonmin spokesperson Sue Vey.

She said the company was expecting a response by noon on Friday.

Neither Vey or Seshoka could reveal details of the offer.

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

Last month, the protest turned violent and police shot dead 34 protesters and injured 78. A total of 45 people have been killed in incidents related to the strike.

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  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-14 08:12

    I though the unions were not part of this anymore. They now just trying to make out as they have done something for the workers. It's now a good time to get rid of them.

      eric.martinsich - 2012-09-14 08:23

      A union is the people sitting on the hill and not a bunch of faceless people.

      Giyangethambo - 2012-09-14 09:10

      NUM can not be trusted

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-14 08:21

    Fire them!!! Do not give in!!

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-14 08:33

      @henk, I don't know if you have read the article marikana truth? IF and a BIG IF, the content is true, then that amount is already being paid to the Labour Broker (owner Rhamaphosa and also a 50 something % shareholder of Lonmin) and he is the one withholding money from the miners (gets paid R12 000 and pay over to the miners R5 400), then they should cut into his profits to ensure the miners are paid a decent wage. This is all very messy, and it seems the 'truth' slowly coming through

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-14 09:33

      @ Rene... Don't believe every thing you read... everyone has their theories.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-14 09:40

      @john, that is why is said in my comment IF and a BIG IF, the content is true. Unfortunately the truth is very hard to come by in SA.

  • morris.khunou - 2012-09-14 08:23

    Let the offer be balloted secretely! Intimidation is very high.

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-09-14 08:24

    Now it looks like we having a way forward.

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-14 08:26

    They should have made the offer long time ago, I hope it's worth it becase these miners looks like they won't back down..!

  • iceman196 - 2012-09-14 08:29

    and next week they will demund R50.000 PM, useless lazy louts

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-14 08:32

    ===== THE HIDDEN TRUTH === There is a Commission of Inquiry that has been appointed to investigate all the issues regarding this malaise. The 'offer' refers to something that the workers may already have! @henryian73 and Hein Huyser have uncovered a ==Hidden Truth === (below). henryian73 - September 13, 2012 at 22:23 hein.huyser - September 14, 2012 at 07:02 The problem with 'Hidden Truth' is that -- in the wrong hands -- it can be manipulated and abused as a weapon to target something that is not connected to the 'Hidden Crime'. The 'Hidden Truth', at this point, is worth more than the increase. Let the Commission proceed to uncover the 'Hidden Truth'.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-14 08:40

      @atholl, the irony of it all, Julius Malema is accusing the 'white man' stealing the riches of SA and now that the truth of it all is coming to the fore, it is in fact a FAT CAT from the ANC stealing from the poor.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-14 09:25

      Well that definitely puts a different spin on this tale.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-14 09:45

      Malema,Mugabe,Marikana miners are all to familiar.They all are using socialist rhetoric to advance themselves financially.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-09-14 09:52

      Just because somebody puts the word 'truth' in a URL does not make it so. I cannot find one credible story by that so called analyst anywhere, can you? References for some of his supposed facts? He misrepresents basic facts like Ramaphosa owning 50% of Incwala when in fact Ramaphosa only owns a stake in Shanduka (which is 25% chinese owned by the way) and Shanduka owns 50% of Incwala. Stop believing and spreading things without making basic attempts at asking if they are even plausible, its embarrasing and causes mass hysteria amongst stupid people.

  • karin.pieters.12 - 2012-09-14 08:33

    .. They will be waiting at the hill.....???? I am the only who one really feels ashamed of our country and the way this strike has been executed! I’m sure the rest of the world is looking at us in amazement and pity really, because if you look at the overview of the series of events that have happened, we look like a bunch of uninvolved barbarian who feels that the only way we can get our point across is if we slam our fists to our own chests and to others. These acts in its own are really sad! Makes you realise that a lot of people have no insight and walk around with a chip on their shoulder… get real!

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-09-14 08:49

    That awkward moment when you don't want to be a union rep anymore: when you have to go to the hill where a magic rabbit was eaten and scores were killed while demanding 12,500 per month, and you bring the offer of anything less than that.!!!!

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-14 08:53

    is NUM still part and parcel of the workers? Where is Amcu, good luck to NUM - just dont see AMCU allowing NUM to take its spotlight

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-09-14 08:53

    They are like children! One sweetie is not good enough so throw a tantrum for two sweets! Flipping pathetic!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-14 09:05

    Let's hope the offer pleases them...because I really am tired on this story taking every media's headlines (for a month)......I mean what else has been going on in our country?

  • Giyangethambo - 2012-09-14 09:08

    this a joke, NUM does not represent the striking workers and NUM has already said that workers must go back to work, now what are they considering? on who's behalf?. NUM is serving the interests of Cyril Ramaphosa and lonmin bosses. the workers demand R12500 not some slavery offers

  • simon.mwando - 2012-09-14 09:17

    Hope its less than R7000! Whatever e case,as the norm SABS is e ultimate beneficially!!!

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-14 09:19

    The miners must ask what is the bottom line before they agree. Who is going to benefit the Union, Labour Broker, what are the deductions????? Who wants to earn R12500 and take home R45000

  • junior.mafoyane1 - 2012-09-14 09:27

    Hopefully things will come to normal

  • phathuchicos - 2012-09-14 09:36

    It will send shock waves across the country if SA's unproductive grade 6 educated miners earn more than teachers/nurses/admins/firefighters/paramedics...people who went to training and academic institutions. And mining investments that where on pipeline to SA will be diverted to other resource rich areas like DRC and west Africa where hardworking labour is still cheaper than China and India. When will people realize that unions are the only bottlenecks preventing SA's economy from growing at above 6% growth rate like other sub-Saharan African countries?

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