Ramatlhodi, mine CEOs discuss Amcu offer
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Ramatlhodi, mine CEOs discuss Amcu offer

2014-06-04 19:04

Johannesburg - Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi met CEOs of platinum mining companies in Pretoria on Wednesday in a bid to resolve the workers' strike.

"A proposal from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was presented," the mineral resources department said in a statement.

Lonmin [JSE:LON], Impala Platinum [JSE:IMP] and Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS]
representatives asked for time to consider the proposal.

The minister and CEOs are scheduled to meet again on Thursday.

Also attending Wednesday's meeting were Deputy Labour Minister Phathekile Holomisa, and Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant.

Amcu members at the platinum mines downed tools on January 23, demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

They have rejected the companies' offer that would bring their cash remuneration to that amount by 2017.

A team comprising officials from the departments of mineral resources, labour and the National Treasury, is trying to help end the strike.

On Tuesday, Ramatlhodi met Amcu, saying afterwards he was encouraged by the progress and co-operation shown by all parties.

Amcu was represented at that meeting by its president Joseph Mathunjwa, treasurer Jimmy Gama and advocate Dali Mpofu.

On Wednesday, Mathunjwa said "the strike cannot be forever".

He could not comment on whether a deal was on the cards yet, and declined to say if negotiations with mining bosses were fruitful.

"I don't want to speak for the companies. The minister has to meet with them and speak to them."

Comments
  • Jason Coates - 2014-06-04 19:47

    The miners don't give a fig about benefits such as medical aid or pensions. Why? The government will take care of that!

  • Ike Jakson - 2014-06-04 20:01

    So nobody is telling the public what they discussed. Are we to assume that the talks were about Honey BEES or Money Trees?

  • Smiso Pamz Mcoyana - 2014-06-04 20:29

    I wish ppl cld jst accept de offer n move on b4 dey hv blood on theirs hands coz of being stubborn.Amcu has lost it spots jst lick ur wounds n move on.

  • Joe Mangena - 2014-06-04 23:03

    R12.5k or nothing, those greedy mine boss can take their caterpilas to Angola

      Imagine Sense - 2014-06-04 23:14

      It probably is going to be nothing for thousands of workers. A few lucky ones will be better off, the rest will have nothing.

      Wade Latham - 2014-06-05 01:57

      Yes I agree entirely. Leyt them rather have nothing

      Phillipus Johannes Petrus Kleynhans - 2014-06-05 15:19

      Hi Joe its not about your stupidity. Its about survival. Mine needs new Shafts machinery and if that is not there, there is no job. Open your F#cking eyes and and if you got any brains(not malema style)use it. Black business man took over Blyvoor mines. Nobody got payed for the last 6 months. The labour people didn't get paid for the last 4 or 5 months. They stripped the mine completely, its going to cost billions to restart it. The same happened to Grootvlei mine. So continue and F*CK up SA No mines no work. Here we come Zimbabwe

      Phillipus Johannes Petrus Kleynhans - 2014-06-05 15:19

      Hi Joe its not about your stupidity. Its about survival. Mine needs new Shafts machinery and if that is not there, there is no job. Open your F#cking eyes and and if you got any brains(not malema style)use it. Black business man took over Blyvoor mines. Nobody got payed for the last 6 months. The labour people didn't get paid for the last 4 or 5 months. They stripped the mine completely, its going to cost billions to restart it. The same happened to Grootvlei mine. So continue and F*CK up SA No mines no work. Here we come Zimbabwe

      Phillipus Johannes Petrus Kleynhans - 2014-06-05 15:19

      Hi Joe its not about your stupidity. Its about survival. Mine needs new Shafts machinery and if that is not there, there is no job. Open your F#cking eyes and and if you got any brains(not malema style)use it. Black business man took over Blyvoor mines. Nobody got payed for the last 6 months. The labour people didn't get paid for the last 4 or 5 months. They stripped the mine completely, its going to cost billions to restart it. The same happened to Grootvlei mine. So continue and F*CK up SA No mines no work. Here we come Zimbabwe

  • Wade Latham - 2014-06-05 01:34

    Ramatlhodi, you can only be guided by the rest of the world and other examples to see what other countries would do in this circumstance. No where in the world in the past 200yrs is there a record of such high wage increases coming out of a strike. No where in living history has striking miners that kill others that want to work been rewarded with what Mathunjwa is looking for.It has been far far far too long. Those that want to work for the offer on the table must be allowed to and those that refuse must look for work elsewhere.

  • Paledi Mogaladi - 2014-06-05 06:32

    For as long as the parties are talking to each other, there is hope that the long strike will soon be over and mineworkers will go back to work. Negotiations involve give and take. Mine owners must be considerate and put themselves in the shoes of the mineworkers.

  • Real Realist - 2014-06-05 07:36

    The Union tells the Minister to tell the Companies what they want. WHAT HAS CHANGED FROM THE ORIGINAL DEMAND?

  • Real Realist - 2014-06-05 07:44

    For things to change the people will have to change their thinking. This will require compromise and AMCU are not for changing! Interesting times are coming.

  • Marquise Lucky - 2014-06-05 07:50

    Rise AMCU Rise(this is our country and we will fight for it till jesus comes no matter what!!

      Masilo Phineas Molaiwa - 2014-06-06 12:09

      Yes I salute those who have fight for this land or our country they did a good hard job, but still her treasure left behind and I think now is the time to show them that something left behind (treasure) of this land. we must benefit from what we produce. Enough is enough.....

  • Chris McComb - 2014-06-05 09:23

    Does Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi really think he will resolve this strike in a week? The only way I see it ending is if the courts deem it an illegal strike. Too much time wasted. Too much hardship for strikers and non strikers and too much money lost. Balance has to be maintained. Not cowboy tactics.

  • Phillipus Johannes Petrus Kleynhans - 2014-06-05 15:20

    Hi Joe its not about your stupidity. Its about survival. Mine needs new Shafts machinery and if that is not there, there is no job. Open your F#cking eyes and and if you got any brains(not malema style)use it. Black business man took over Blyvoor mines. Nobody got payed for the last 6 months. The labour people didn't get paid for the last 4 or 5 months. They stripped the mine completely, its going to cost billions to restart it. The same happened to Grootvlei mine. So continue and F*CK up SA No mines no work. Here we come Zimbabwe

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