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North West - The peace accord signed by parties involved in the Marikana talks signals the good intentions of the participants to end the violence, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday.
Spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said the accord, which was signed early on Thursday morning, also signalled the end to the threats and intimidation which had become a characteristic of daily life of the North West mining community.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Marikana workers' representatives did not sign the accord.
Seshoka said the accord levelled the ground for wage negotiations. It also included a commitment to create a peaceful work environment.
“It further shows the commitment of parties to ending the three week long stand off.”
He said the union appreciated the commitment and efforts of the religious community, Solidarity and UASA, Lonmin and the government in working to reach the accord, which in itself paved the way to re-open wage talks.
“The NUM further appeals to Amcu to come on board and be a signatory of the peace accord.”
“Not being part of the accord sends a wrong message to the workforce, a message of divisions and lack of common purpose. All parties must agree to organise in peace and harmony devoid of threats, intimidation and violence,” Seshoka said. - Sapa