Lonmin talks adjourned until Wednesday

Johannesburg - Talks to end a strike at Lonmin’s mine in Marikana in the North West were postponed on Monday, the Labour Department said.

“The postponement comes about as parties requested time to peruse the report-back presented by unions and Lonmin platinum mine workers' representatives,” spokesperson Page Boikanyo said in a statement.

(File photo) A detained miner peers out of a police van as it arrives at court in Ga-Rankuwa, near Pretoria. Credit: Reuters

The parties agreed to resume talks on Wednesday.

The Labour Department, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, four trade unions, workers, and Lonmin management were involved in the talks. The unions are Solidarity, Uasa, the National Union of Mineworkers, and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.

Workers at the world's third-largest platinum producer went on strike last month, demanding a monthly salary of R12 500. They vowed not to return to work until their demand was met.

The strike turned violent and 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed between August 10 and 12.

On August 16, 34 miners were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire on them near the mine. - Sapa