Nzimande: Amcu strike was disastrous

Nzimande: Amcu strike was disastrous

2014-07-03 14:23

Johannesburg - Platinum mineworkers will never recover from the five-month strike in the platinum mining sector, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

"We welcome the ending of the strike, although the settlement percentages are close to those previously achieved by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)," he told delegates at the NUM central executive committee meeting in Johannesburg.

"The strike was disastrous, and workers will not recover from the five months lost."

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union embarked on a strike at platinum mines on January 23 for a R12 500 monthly salary. The strike ended last week.

Nzimande said the strike settlement had "narrowly" focused on remuneration.

"Remuneration is not the sole component of transformation, there are many other concerns above remuneration."

Mining companies, such Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS], Impala Platinum (Implats) [JSE:IMP] and Lonmin [JSE:LON], were preparing to mechanise, close some shafts, and retrench workers.

"These three companies have avoided central bargaining and worked with vigilante unions... meanwhile senior managers there pay themselves huge salaries and benefits."

He said a planned mining indaba should focus on radical economic transformation.

"The mining indaba should be used to drive the second phase of economic transition. It should look into stopping the grading systems in the mines, and examine how lack of housing, the role of loan sharks, and lack of policing services in mining areas impacts on workers."

Earlier, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi told delegates plans were in place to hold a mining indaba.

  • Anton Meiring - 2014-07-03 14:47

    Wonder how Blades salar(ies) compare to workers'

  • joe.smit.549 - 2014-07-03 15:01

    Mine up for sale, Blade. Buy it and implement your policies...

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2014-07-03 20:28

      Comrade Blade is sitting on a pot of R 29 billion that should be used for education at all levels and sectors of the economy. What does he do? Starves key sectors of the funding they desperately need to grow the economy in the opinion of many I have spoken to in this regard. I am sure he is very well off as a top Cadre.

  • Bongani Rana - 2014-07-03 15:02

    Just as disastrous as the strike in WSU last year. This selective memory isn't taking us anywhere.

  • Solomon Lebelo - 2014-07-03 15:07

    Skierpot face,dnt compare NUM to AMCU,they r not controlled from Luthuli House,thats y they fought n they won their battle despite ur government hindering everything,instead u shus be prepared to lose more members frm NUM to AMCU

      Naas Du Plessis - 2014-07-03 17:30

      But it will take workers two years to get where they were before the strike.

  • Phutjane Tladi - 2014-07-03 15:15

    Nzimande I don't think u r fair on wat ur saying just be fair once in ur lifetime.u r chameleon

  • Stephanes Heunis - 2014-07-03 15:15

    and what about the shareholders (anc members) who already paying a mountain off money simply by be in parliament. don't hide the truth blade (by the way blade :how much support did the communist party bring to the anc?????????) i bet less then the dagga party so you are in fact a parasite!!

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2014-07-03 20:31

      Less than Dagga party ??? Ha Ha Ha Ha

  • Mashai Joannes - 2014-07-03 15:25

    Sacp is a non-existent party.its existence is based on anc and cosatu and nobody will take them serious and amcu and EFF are more powerful than this fading blade must shut up and let mineworkers enjoy. Their new salary package

  • Sola Ntobeko - 2014-07-03 15:27

    Do u care of their recovery mr ScizorZimade? They fought and win and they not agents of zanc. Mind yo salary and stop yo stupidity.

      Sola Ntobeko - 2014-07-03 16:20

      Mxm u r same as blade wena ken. They won whether u like it or not.

      Lindiwe Mcata - 2014-07-03 17:43

      Sola u the only one who is stupid here. It will take some years for AMCU members to recover financially.

      John Greystoke - 2014-07-03 17:43

      Sola, they won what? How much money and possessions did they loose? Blade spoke about loan sharks, maybe they are the only people that won!

  • Mainole Patrick Rampete - 2014-07-03 15:29

    There are three factors to be considered whether the strike was succesful or not,they are: LERR that is the calculation of the lost earnings recovery rate,the accelaration to the tax brackets,wholescale economic benefits,threats of loss of business and retrenchment,etc

  • Liz - 2014-07-03 15:30

    The issues you mention are govt responsibility. So get on with it!

  • George Gibbs - 2014-07-03 15:38

    20 feaking years to late dude! The rest of government and civil servants were to buy focusing on self enrichment and it's still the focus today! No you wana do a mining indaba - too little too late! But Ai again you are in power and so shall it be for many many years. Wake up people!!!

  • Maroga Tj - 2014-07-03 15:39

    If u r cleva u must b worried nw cuz more members wil join amcu bcuz of dat agreement,num is bcomng history day by day

  • Daniel Mavhungu - 2014-07-03 15:45

    And you still fail to resolve numsa wage increase demands.

  • Mbulelo Somzana - 2014-07-03 16:00

    Nzimande more disastrous than AMCU,his SACP never did a thing for workers,this fake communist should just focus on his gravy train

  • Mesuli Jamaica - 2014-07-03 16:06

    Fake Communist party leader Blade Ndzimande why don't you say loudly that SACP is no more.up the EFF!

  • Sakhiwo - 2014-07-03 16:08

    Just another way of degrading AMCU. "setlement percentage is almost equal to what was previously won by NUM." That's apure joke Blade

  • JonasBarbarossa - 2014-07-03 16:29

    Blade is an idiot.

      Mfana Dyasi - 2014-07-03 17:34

      Not just an idiot but a nincompoop that once pretended to be representing the working class. He must just expend his energy on what he's doing best now,i.e.licking Zuma's behind,for his(Blade)'s family sake. He really reminds me of George Orwell's book,"THE ANIMAL FARM".

  • Malele Mogoane - 2014-07-03 16:30

    The minister is right. People who sacrifice their time on social good never recover. We must remember that not all are driven by personal enrichment factors but want to see a better life for all at times sacrificing their quality time. We have so many examples of those who did not participate in any struggle, got educated instead and now qualify for better jobs than those who were in the trenches

  • Herman Nieuwoudt - 2014-07-03 16:31

    "The strike was disastrous, and workers will not recover from the five months lost." Your words Blade, you knew all along this would happen and we are sorry to say, "But we told you so"

  • Vukosi Ndlovu - 2014-07-03 16:52

    ANC and cosatu are disastrous amcu achieved what cosatu members only dream,mybe ur mr x facially bumpy ndzimande

  • Deepchund Ramchurren - 2014-07-03 17:28

    He(Blade) can't resolve one issue, he wants an indaba to address a myriad of other issues. An indaba will be just another talk show (holiday at tax payers expense).

  • Richard Nieckau - 2014-07-03 17:31

    Always in hindsight, our politicians are comment. Rarely do we hear of recommendations or attempts to rectify a situation before meltdown takes place? Pushing the blame from one to another, there is no foresight or leadership.

  • Alistair Campbell - 2014-07-03 17:36

    Fake communist. Why don't you speak out against the NUMSA strike before it becomes "disastrous"?

  • John Greystoke - 2014-07-03 17:47

    What has the loan sharks got to do with the mines? Making debt and borrowing from loan sharks is about financial education. These strikers have NO financial sense!

  • Jaco Human - 2014-07-03 18:08

    Blade what about giving up part of your salary, I'll bet you will never do it. Nice of a communist to enjoy the benefits of capitalism.

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