Mildred Oliphant calls for calm

2012-10-05 12:25

Johannesburg - Labour minister Mildred Oliphant on Friday called for stability to be restored in the platinum sector.

"There are still worrying numbers of workers on strike," she said at the announcement of a platinum industry discussion forum in Johannesburg.

"It is important that stability returns to the platinum sector as soon as possible."

When negotiating wage settlements, non-unionised workers should also be consulted.

At Lonmin, workers not part of the National Union of Mineworkers had complained about a lack of information, she said.

Collective bargaining agreements needed innovative approaches and to go beyond wages and living conditions. Multi-year agreements were preferred, but could be reviewed on an annual basis if warranted.

Representatives of platinum companies and unions attended the meeting, held at the Chamber of Mines, and chaired by independent facilitators.

Facilitator Charles Nupen said there had been a "surprising" degree of unanimity from unions and companies.

Five issues had been identified for discussion - industry sustainability, centralised bargaining arrangements, wages, industry stability, and socio-economic problems.

Talks would start on Monday towards an industry-wide agreement.

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  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-10-05 12:39

    Oh Mildred. If only the ANC, Cosatu and Num where still in control of the country...tsk..tsk...tsk. Wait. Soon the public sector will embark on a nationwide strike, including essential services. Keep calm Mildred. Keep calm.

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-05 12:56

      You know what a better headline would have been. " Mildred Oliphant takes action to restore calm in the mining section"

      talana.malherbe - 2012-10-05 13:11

      @siyabonga.sithetwa, you think whites arent also at the bottom of the food chain? Think again. The reason why we are all "opressed" or "less fortunate" is because the ANC has not given the ANC voters all it promised 18 years ago yet they are voted as the ruling party, I rest my case...

      ianon.ym - 2012-10-05 13:13

      HeHe - call as long and as often as you want - if you don't act, the only thing you will hear is your Echo.

      luke.dekoker - 2012-10-05 13:18

      siyabonga.sithetwa, you and all the other so called "OPPRESSED bottom of the economic food chain" had 18 years with CancER assistance to get up in life, what is the problem??

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-10-05 13:40

      @siyabonga...copy and paste much?

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 13:52

      im scared to live here now. rather sell up and leave. i mean this is now starting to get out of control. exchange rate has been hammered. im scared!!

      jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-05 13:52

      To siyabonga.sithetwa. Yes they are oppressed by self inflickted laziness, demands, lack of self improvement and living on handouts and no education from the cANCer government.

      johan.botha - 2012-10-05 14:38

      @Siyabonga.sithetwa Yes, they were oppressed - no argument there. But the oppression stopped 18 years ago. This is also the time that it takes to complete primary and secondary education in our system. Surely in 18 years one can improve oneself and move out of the bottom of the economic food chain? You can also not stay oppressed forever but rather take resposibility for yourself and your own future. There is no point in falling back to the past and blaming past events for your current position. I therefore reject your problemstatement. Your comments please.

      sidney.gilroy - 2012-10-05 15:20

      @siyabong.sithetwa. Love. After WWII, Germany was flattened. Employment did not exist. The West agreed that Germany was only allowed to be an agricultural homestead. No large industries. 20-years later, Germany spearheaded the European Union and was the 12th largest economy. Today, Germany is the 4th largest economy in the world and in 2030 they will be the richest country in the world. WHAT HAS YOUR GOVERNMENT ACHIEVED IN 18 YEARS ?????? (Or would you like to argue that Apartheid was a bigger evil than Nazism ?)

  • - 2012-10-05 12:40

    Where were u disHon Minister?

  • Desilusionada - 2012-10-05 12:42

    Well you guys should have thought about this earlier. Your colleague, the Minister of Mines, blames the employers for Not talking to the miners. Then she goes on blaming the employers for giving increases! (EWN) And then she goes and call it a challenge when confronted with this! This type of circular reasoning just more clearly reflect the incompetence of the government. Plugging the holes in the dyke while the city is burning are difficult choices, ain't they? Maybe asking and employing the right people, who are willing, will help, but that admits for failure? Over to you...........

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-05 12:43

    Its pointless calling for calm. If the proper action was taken against these blatant perpertrators of anarchy were taken,then the problem would be solved. Instead its been chosen to molly coddle the fools!

  • westerhuizen - 2012-10-05 12:45

    WTF is happening to this country??i am ready to emingrate!mabe mozambique!

      Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-10-05 13:37

      Belgium also a great option. I am going in 2015. Just get my kids settled in university :)

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2012-10-05 12:47

    Sorry to say Ms Oliphant but the government has lost the ability to uphold law and order. They are reaping what they have sowed, which is allowing the Unions to dictate the terms. And when negotiation does not go the Unions way then violence will be the way to go. The thin blue line is too thin to stop what is happening.

  • jan.human - 2012-10-05 12:52

    If you wake up... your coffee will be cold..... Strikes has allready taken over all sectors.....Call in the UN... It is the only thing that can save this country...

      luke.dekoker - 2012-10-05 13:25

      jan. careful with UN..showerhead is on their committee now!!

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-10-05 13:42

      ja, education Luke, and we know how long that will take

      dewalds3 - 2012-10-05 13:45

      Hahaha - to come do what here? - their troops are fleeing every African country that they were there to 'stabilize'.

  • mlacomme - 2012-10-05 12:58


  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-05 13:17

    In all honesty I am all for fighting for better conditions, but you don't go on a strike with pangas and knopkierries etc. You don't turn to violence! The nation was promised a lot of things 18 years ago, better this and better that and now we have the worst of it all, people are so gatvol!

  • vlammie.pilot - 2012-10-05 13:21

    Yes mildred you are wasting your breath, no-one will listen and no-one is interested. Mineworkers dont read N24, go there and tell them yourself, and if they tell you to p*ss off, then you p*ss off!

  • ljmostert - 2012-10-05 13:25

    The ANC is in alliance with labour (Cosatu) - now they are out of controll - this alliance is evil - so what now? You're killing our most valuable source of income. It is time for this alliance to come to and end - or the voters will do it! - but will they??

  • jay.vyas.984 - 2012-10-05 13:27

    OMG... We do have a LABOUR MINISTER! And she has used both her Brain Cells today... She Spoke Out! Score yourself a 9/10... Better than Angie! I Rest My Case! Do Not Buy an e-Tag! Ever!

  • dinesh.chetty.77 - 2012-10-05 13:41

    The people must own the natural strategic resources of our land and benefit from them. I cannot comprehend why would any one sell of their stategic resources to overseas companies to benefit from, while our people suffer has labours. Would you sell you farms ownership to become a farm labour? Viva the workers of our land.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-10-05 13:43

    Hehehe - time for the prepared to take their place in history...

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-05 13:45

    It is going to take more than an elephant to bring civilization to the mine workers.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-05 14:27

    all talks an no action taken, mrs minister of labor what are you going to do with all the illegal strikes by the strikers, shouldn't there be something/action for illegal strikes? sorry me confused, strike illegal, but but strikers still striking - Ai..

  • triumphant.voice.58 - 2012-10-05 14:35

    The killed the rabit, remember! How do you negotiate in good faith with boold soaked hands?

  • teleki.maker - 2012-10-05 15:56

    Minister,where were u all this time?After all this,some people can hides when is getting hotter.

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