South African strikers win 22% pay rise

This video is called Strikers march on at South Africa’s platinum mine.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

South African miners agree 22% pay rise to end strike

Wednesday 19 September 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Striking South African platinum miners have won a wage rise of over 20 per cent, ending a five-week strike at the Lonmin Marikana mine.

Representatives of three unions, strikers not represented by any union and the company signed the deal late on Tuesday night.

Lonmin agreed to pay 11,078 rand (£830) a month to rock drill operators and to make a one-off payment of 2,000 rand (£150) to all miners.

The company said the agreement included a previously agreed upon 9-10 per cent raise for certain employees in October and addressed the issue of promotions for some workers.

Lonmin executive manager for human capital Abey Kgotle said the workers had agreed to return to work on Thursday and production would resume in a matter of weeks.

“Mission accomplished” was the message inscribed in black ink on the hand of one striker in a crowd of thousands addressed by mediator Bishop Seoka on Tuesday.

“You have won as workers!” he told them as they cheered, sang and danced.

The strike had spread to gold and chrome mines and cost the country at least £300 million according to President Jacob Zuma.

Media coverage of miners living in tin shacks without electricity or running water has highlighted government failure to force the mining companies to live up to the provisions of laws which link mining licences to social conditions.

The country’s 2002 Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act laid out duties for mining companies operating in the country regarding the rights and living conditions of their workers which they have uniformly failed to meet.

On Monday, trade union federation Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini warned that government failures could bring down the ruling party.

He said that 30 million of South Africa’s 48 million people still survived on less than 10 rand (75p) a day.

“Workers are simply saying that ‘we produce the wealth and we want our reasonable share’ and they expect to be given a fair share,” he said.

South African police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters near a mine run by the world’s biggest platinum producer Anglo American Platinum, as unrest spreads after strikers at rival Lonmin won big pay rises: here.

3 thoughts on “South African strikers win 22% pay rise

  1. South Africa hero hits out at police brutality

    Friday 17 May 2013

    Leading anti-apartheid fighter Ronnie Kasrils hit out at South Africa’s police force today.

    After a succession of accusations about its brutal methods, Mr Kasrils, who served in the first democratically elected South African government, said: “This is not what we fought for.

    “The Nelson Mandela I know would have been outraged at such police brutality.”

    The police insist that increased video monitoring has given the impression that abuse is increasing, while official statistics show a slight decrease.

    But victims speak of methods which routinely involved having plastic bags put over their head and being beaten, kicked and whipped.

    A South African Police Service spokesman said the problem was down to just “a few bad apples.”

    Mr Kasrils insisted a lack of action by the ANC government was partly to blame. “This is systemic in the police force and someone has to take responsibility for it.”


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