Lonmin workers snub negotiations
A PRECONDITION that striking workers at the Lonmin mine return to work before wage negotiations could begin has dashed all hopes of resolving the standoff.
The striking workers' representatives yesterday flatly refused to join the negotiations, facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
The National Union of Mineworkers, United Association of SA, Solidarity and the employer, Lonmin, who all signed a peace accord, asked the CCMA to engage strikers. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union did not sign.
As part of the peace agreement, the parties had expected the workers to report for duty while wage negotiations were taking place.
But the workers, who did not take part in the peace agreement, remained defiant, and did not report for duty.
They were still adamant that their co-operation was subject to their salaries being raised to R12,500.
"The CCMA will meet with worker delegations within the next 24 hours to attempt to persuade them to comply with the peace accord, to return to work before negotiating," CCMA spokesman Nersan Govender said yesterday.
Lonmin management said it condemned the ongoing intimidation and threats to life and property. "No business can operate in an environment where threats and intimidation are the order of the day," the mine said.