What the Lonmin workers are really earning
A Lonmin rock drill operator earns approximately R10,500 a month - not the R4,000 a striker claimed
Politicsweb pointed out that trade union Solidarity issued a statement on Monday, saying the adjusted total cost package for a Lonmin rock drill operator was approximately R10,500 a month.
Lonmin confirmed to Sapa that rock drill operators earn R10,000 per month without bonuses and over R11,000 including bonuses.
“Lonmin signed a two-year agreement in 2011, and the second increase becomes effective on 1 October 2012 and will run until 30 September 2013, when a new deal will need to be negotiated,” the company said.
“These levels are in line with those of our competitors and are before the wage hike of some 9% which will come into effect on 1 October 2012.”
If the increase applied the compensation package would be between R11,000 and R12,000 per month cost to company. However the net income would be less after deductions, Politicsweb reported.