Striking miners
combine to close
down Amplats and
Lonmin mines
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — 14 September 2012 – Gold Fields’ KDC west mine, Amplats’ Thembelani mine, and Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine remained idle yesterday as attempts to resolve a massive strike continued.

Reuters reports that at Gold Fields, union leaders were sworn at when they tried to convince thousands of striking workers to discuss their issues with them. Workers cursed and shouted as a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) delegate tried to address them. It was the second day the NUM had been unable to address the workers.

At the Blesbok stadium in Rustenburg, thousands of workers demanded an increase in pay to R16 070 a month. They insisted they were on strike, although their employer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) denied this, and said operations had been suspended for workers’ safety.

Gaddafi Ndoda, who described himself as a member of a newly-formed workers’ committee, said: “To us, R12 500 is just a basic salary.”

They wanted nothing to do with Amplats’ mageu beverage; they wanted a refreshment allowance of R30 a day; a transport allowance of R60 a day and a safety allowance of R1,500. They also wanted a R2,000 increase in their living-out allowance, up from R1,700.

An executive committee” of six members, representing workers outside formal union forums, had been formed and was expected to take a memorandum to the mine’s management in Klipfontein, near the stadium.

Source: Reuters Africa. For more information, click here.