The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa denies reports that the union walked away from discussions that are aimed at establishing a “peace accord” at Lonmin.
Instead Mathunjwa said the allegations were a “deliberate attempt to discredit and portray the union as delinquent”.
On Wednesday the Department of Labour convened a meeting between Amcu‚ the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and mine management aimed at brokering peace between the parties‚ which was expected to encourage workers to resume their duties.
Mathunjwa however said there was no need for the accord to be signed‚ arguing that Amcu and NUM were not at loggerheads.
“The stakeholders refused to open a bargaining process‚ and emphasis was merely on the signing of the peace accord‚” Mathunjwa said.
Production remains on hold at Lonmin’s Marikana mine following a three-week work stoppage.
Workers downed tools on August 16‚ demanding that management pay a basic salary of R12‚500 a month. The mineworkers are reported to earn R5‚700 a month salary.
Subsequent to the start of the strike 44 people were killed in violence that erupted at the mine‚ while 45‚000 ounces of platinum production has been lost. - I-Net Bridge