Johannesburg, South Africa — 20 August 2013 – Trade union Solidarity is considering going on strike at its Lonmin mine at Marikana, in the North West province of South Africa, in a bid to have its recognition at the platinum producer restored.
Fin24 quotes Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis as saying: “Lonmin’s decision to sign an agreement with the majority trade union only violates the framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry that was recently signed by the role players in the industry. In terms of the framework agreement, the principle of majority recognition must be reviewed."
Last week, Lonmin and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) signed an agreement granting AMCU the majority union status at its operations.
“A strike will be the last resort as it could have devastating consequences. It will cost Lonmin around US$6 million a day,” Du Plessis said. He said Solidarity had already begun talks with other unions for a joint labour action.
“Solidarity’s members were the skilled employees who kept the mine going during last year’s strike-related unrest in Marikana,” said Du Plessis.
“Lonmin, however, has decided to reward unrest and to penalise responsibility. Lonmin will not be able to rely on Solidarity members’ skills in case of another strike,” he added
Comment from Lonmin could not be obtained.
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