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Peace accord signed at Lomnin, without an agreement on wages! Will the workers sign or continue to strike? The accord commits the strikers to return to work by Monday and the Lonmin mine to negotiate the workers R12 500 pay demand. The accord also states that peace should prevail during negotiations and that peace and stability at the mine should be restored. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, AMCU, did not sign the peace accord, but their representatives were present. Miners say they will not go back to work until their demand for the salary-hike has been met. The chamber of mines believes the R12 500 salary demand by striking miners at Marikana is unreasonable. The miners are being supported by Methodist Minister Paul Verryn, a former anti-apartheid campaigner, who said their call to be paid 12,500 rand (1,200 euros) per month was fair. “I actually think by comparison towards what some people in this mine are earning, and some of the investors are earning from what is coming from this mine, R12.5 is reasonable,” he said.

Video: south-african-miners-defiant-over-pay-protest Peace accord signed at Lomnin Thursday 6 September 2012 05:35 SABC Feedback on the accord will be given to the miners this morning. (SABC) TAGS: Lonmin mine Marikana mine National Union of Mineworkers UASA Rustenburg Civic Centre North West … Continue reading

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Striking Miners accuse police, that they have tortured them in the prison! Police Killing of Africans, now torture-claims! What has changed since the time of Steve Biko? – But nevertheless the strike gets stronger! More then 90 percent are striking and now two Trade Unions overcome their division at Lonime: NUM now also supports the demand to bring salaries up from 400 to 1200 Euro per month. NUM President, Senzeni Zokwana, recently undertook a mission to Canada to study the salary grading of mineworkers. “Following this study, I can say that the amount that rock drillers are earning is far less than the extremes they are exposed to.” OccupyThinkTank: According to the General Declaration of Human rights, workers have worldwide, in South Africa as in Canada, the right to get for the same work the same salary! (Universal Declaration off Human Rights, Article 23. (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.)

Torture Bill to be reviewed amid Lonmin mine workers’ allegations Tuesday 4 September 2012 19:11 SABC The Human Rights Committee will review the Prevention and Combatting of Torture of Persons Bill (SABC) TAGS: Human Rights Committee Lonmin mine workers Prevention … Continue reading

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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 APC leader Themba Godi.(SABC) TAGS: African Peoples Convention APC Themba Godi Lonmin mine Wonderkop Marikana North West   African Peoples Convention (APC) leader Themba Godi … Continue reading

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“The issues at Marikana are overflowing. It’s quite clear that this wave of new developments on the platinum mines is coming down on us at the gold mines.” Protests have been reported at Royal Bafokeng’s Rasimone platinum mine, Anglo American Platinum’s Thembelani mine, Eastern Platinum’s Crocodile River mine and Gold Fields’ Kloof Driefontein Complex gold mine, Motau added.A group of civil society organisations – including Amnesty International, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Section 27 and the Marikana Solidarity Campaign – described the Marikana massacre as “a defining moment in our history and cannot be allowed to pass without establishing the full truth, ensuring justice and providing redress for the victims and their families.” It added: “We are outraged by the emerging evidence of targeted killings at Marikana. The Marikana massacre and the subsequent callous responses of both Lonmin and several representatives of the state violate the very spirit of our constitution.”

Four miners shot at Modder East goldmine in South Africa Fears of violent unrest spreading in the mining industry grow after a police shooting left four workers in hospital Share41 Email David Smith, Africa correspondent guardian.co.uk, Monday 3 September 2012 14.42 BST Mourners … Continue reading

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They cant break the strike: British Lonmine do not accept to bring up the wages, negotiations failed, workers forbid their representatives to sign an agreement, if they do not get the demands 1200 Euro per month – Only four percent of workers break the strike and are at work – 162 of the 270 jailed workers have come out of prison – Analyst: The return of police riot: Escalating police violence is a symptom of a growing social crisis!

Labour Dept, CCMA intervention at Lonmin unsuccessful Monday 3 September 2012 17:48 SABC The Lonmin Platinum Mine situated in Marikana, North West.(SABC) Tags: Department of Labour CCMA Strike Mineworkers Marikana North West Peace Accord Wage Amcu Jacob Zuma Lonmin Efforts … Continue reading

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South African mining unrest spreads to Gold Fields World’s fourth biggest gold mine says quarter of its 46,000 workers walked out after violent protest at Lonmin platinum mine – South Africa drops miners’ murder charges – South African miners face a travesty of justice under an apartheid-era law Use of ‘common purpose’ doctrine to charge miners shot by police is a throwback to the bad old days of the apartheid regime

South Africa drops miners’ murder charges – for now Prosecutors drop charges against 270 miners accused of killing striking colleagues, but say they may be recharged later Share12 Email Reuters in Johannesburg guardian.co.uk, Sunday 2 September 2012 14.55 BST Mourners attend … Continue reading

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The murder fields of Marikana. The cold murder fields of Marikana. Greg Marinovich (Pulitzer-Price-Winner): Some of the miners killed in the 16 August massacre at Marikana appear to have been shot at close range or crushed by police vehicles. They were not caught in a fusillade of gunfire from police defending themselves, as the official account would have it. GREG MARINOVICH spent two weeks trying to understand what really happened. What he found was profoundly disturbing. Of the 34 miners killed at Marikana, no more than a dozen of the dead were captured in news footage shot at the scene. The majority of those who died, according to surviving strikers and researchers, were killed beyond the view of cameras at a nondescript collection of boulders some 300 metres behind Wonderkop.

uth Africa The murder fields of Marikana. The cold murder fields of Marikana. Greg Marinovich South Africa 31 August 2012 00:00 (South Africa) Some of the miners killed in the 16 August massacre at Marikana appear to have been shot … Continue reading

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