Arab Today, arab today strikers urged to \remain steadfast\ at south africa platinum mine
Last Updated : GMT 04:12:05
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Strikers urged to \'remain steadfast\' at South Africa platinum mine

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Strikers urged to \'remain steadfast\' at South Africa platinum mine

Marikana - AFP

Thousands of club-wielding striking workers at a platinum mine in South Africa were urged by their leaders to remain steadfast in the face of a deadline to return underground Wednesday. The miners gathered at a stadium near the Lonmin operations in Marikana, northwest of Johannesburg, as the world's third biggest platinum producer moved to break a months-long strike. Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union leader Joseph Mathunjwa said his message to the strikers was to "remain steadfast and be peaceful" as armoured police vehicles patrolled the area and a police helicopter circled overhead. Some of the strikers were from an informal settlement near where police shot dead 34 strikers in one day in 2012, after a week of deadly standoffs between rival unions. Lonmin set Wednesday as the deadline to return to work after it bypassed AMCU union bosses to persuade workers to return underground after nearly four months of strikes. A spokeswoman for Lonmin told AFP Wednesday: "Employees are indeed coming back to work but we shall not be providing details of numbers etc -- we should have a clearer idea of critical mass by next week." Mathunjwa condemned "these underhand tactics by Lonmin". "We have lodged a case at the labour court with regard to the employer going directly to our members." He told reporters his message to Lonmin and other platinum producers was: "Don't ever approach the workers individually. "Let's come around the table. Let's get a mechanism of how this demand of the workers can be achieved." - 'Not speaking our language' - More than 80,000 members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union downed tools on January 23 demanding that their basic salary be more than doubled. Mine bosses and AMCU rival the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) say workers are intimidated into striking, and that many want to return underground. Police were deployed at Lonmin after at least three miners were killed since the weekend, including workers who reportedly defied the strike. Andile Sovendle, AMCU branch manager at Lonmin, denied his union was trying to prevent miners from returning to work. "It's not true. We are not intimidating people," he told AFP. AMCU muscled its way into the platinum belt two years ago with the rallying cry of 12,500 rand ($1,200, 885 euros) in basic salary. "We are on strike until we get 12,500 as basic pay," Sovendle said. "The company is not speaking our language. Our language is 12,500 on basic pay and the company is offering us 12,500 as a total cost to the company which is not what we are on strike for." The world's top three producers Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin have offered to up the wage package to that figure by 2017, saying they cannot afford more. But AMCU has rejected the offer and talks have collapsed. The three producers said in a statement Wednesday they would contest a court application by the union to prevent them from extending their offer directly to individual members. "The producers are seeking an end to the strike. To this end the companies have tabled a fair, affordable and sustainable wage offer to AMCU," the statement said. "The companies want to ensure that employees are fully informed of the offer, and that they are empowered to accept or reject the offer of their own free will." Lonmin on Monday said the strike slashed production by 43 percent, reporting a revenue drop of $157 million for six months ended in March. South Africa holds around 80 percent of the world's known platinum reserves.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today strikers urged to \remain steadfast\ at south africa platinum mine Arab Today, arab today strikers urged to \remain steadfast\ at south africa platinum mine

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today strikers urged to \remain steadfast\ at south africa platinum mine Arab Today, arab today strikers urged to \remain steadfast\ at south africa platinum mine

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation
Arab Today, arab today What's the reason and what you can do

GMT 05:44 2017 Sunday ,22 October

What's the reason and what you can do
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Syrian children die of hunger

GMT 19:25 2017 Sunday ,22 October

Syrian children die of hunger
Arab Today, arab today Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge

GMT 11:26 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today World's deepest lake in peril

GMT 15:54 2017 Friday ,20 October

World's deepest lake in peril
Arab Today, arab today Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action

GMT 10:54 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action
Arab Today, arab today Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'

GMT 16:07 2017 Friday ,20 October

Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today EU raids automaker BMW

GMT 11:06 2017 Saturday ,21 October

EU raids automaker BMW
Arab Today, arab today Sweden to get biggest car factory

GMT 14:10 2017 Friday ,20 October

Sweden to get biggest car factory
Arab Today, arab today Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role

GMT 08:15 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role
Arab Today, arab today Massacre fears spark race

GMT 19:09 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Massacre fears spark race

GMT 08:57 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Actress Shery Adel happy for Egypt’s qualification

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:00 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 10:18 2017 Saturday ,21 October

How to do open-heart surgery

GMT 13:44 2017 Friday ,20 October

Barcelona through George Orwell’s eyes

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 20:46 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday