Some Lonmin miners firm on their demands
Sunday 26 August 2012 09:14
Striking Lonmin miners demand a R12 500 salary.(SABC)
Some workers of the Lonmin Platinum mine in Marikana are adamant that they will only return to work when management meets their demand for a R12 500 salary.
Yesterday, Lonmin said at least 57% of workers across the eastern shaft of the mine in Marikana were back at work yesterday. “The rest of the mine is closed as this is their off-weekend,” Lonmin said in a statement.
The company said the situation on the ground was peaceful and there were no overnight or Saturday morning incidents.
On Friday, Lonmin said worker attendance was at 23.6% across the board. Last week Thursday, police opened fire on striking workers killing 34 and injuring 78. In the week leading up to the shooting, another 10 people including two police officers and two security guards were killed.
The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements. Workers also wanted higher wages.
Killing of 44 people during confrontation between police and striking mineworkers has highlighted the depth of internal politics among unions.
Meanwhile, analysts say the deadly industrial protest at the mine in Marikana has laid bare a fierce and violent battle for domination among trade unions in South Africa.
Hamadziripi Tamukamoyo, a researcher with the South African Institute of Security Studies, says the killing of 44 people during confrontation between police and striking mineworkers has highlighted the depth of internal politics among unions.
He’s described as problematic the rivalry between the 30-year-old NUM and the 11-year-old Amcu.