Lonmin strikers urged not to retreat from their demands – African Peoples Convention (APC) leader Themba Godi has urged striking Lonmin workers not to retreat from their demands for salary increases. Godi was addressing close to 3 000 people at Wonderkop in Marikana in North West, the site where 34 miners were killed last month. He says should the workers go back to work without being granted the R12 500 salary that they want, this would be tantamount to betrayal of those workers killed by the police last month. Lonmine now promises, not to dismiss any of the striking workers, last week they still threatened to dismiss all workers, who do not come to work! A progress, but not enough, the workers have acooding to the General Declaration of Human Rights the right to get salaries, from which they can make a decent living

Lonmin strikers urged not to retreat from their demands

Tuesday 4 September 2012 12:52

SABC

 

African Peoples Convention (APC) leader Themba Godi has urged striking Lonmin workers not to retreat from their demands for salary increases. Godi was addressing close to 3 000 people at Wonderkop in Marikana in North West, the site where 34 miners were killed last month.

He says should the workers go back to work without being granted the R12 500 salary that they want, this would be tantamount to betrayal of those workers killed by the police last month.

Meanwhile, Lonmin mine management says it’s not planning to dismiss the striking workers who were arrested. The company says it respects the law and other processes. Lonmin spokesperson, Abey Kgotle, says they have not dismissed anyone, and are not about to dismiss anyone.

About 162 out of about 270 people were released yesterday after charges of murder against them were provisionally dropped by the Ga-rankuwa Magistrate’s court. The mine however says not all of them are its employees.

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