Lonmin workers strike for second day

JOHANNESBURG — Workers at platinum producer Lonmin’s (LONJ.J) (LMI.L) South African shafts continued a wildcat strike for the second day yesterday, raising concerns that the bitter turf war between rival unions could escalate into anarchy and violence.

Reuters

Production at all Lonmin’s 13 shafts was halted on Tuesday as protesters demanded the closure of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) offices at Lonmin, which said last week that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) now represented over 70% of its workforce.

“At all the shafts at Marikana, nobody reported for night shift and nobody reported for day shift this morning,” said Gideon du Plessis, Deputy General-Secretary of smaller union Solidarity.

Lonmin has increased security at the mines following reports of intimidation and have urged all employees to return to work.

The platinum belt towns of Rustenburg and Marikana, which saw violent strikes at Lonmin and other producers last year, are a flashpoint of labour strife, with tensions running high over looming job cuts and wage talks.

On Tuesday Lonmin’s share price slid over 7% and the rand hit three-week lows as investors worried about a repeat of 2012’s turmoil, which hammered platinum and gold production and triggered credit downgrades for Africa’s largest economy.

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3 Responses to Lonmin workers strike for second day

  1. chinaz May 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    shaaz havangatadzi since the government instead of implementing policies to deal with workers ,then relate to harsh methods since from when the strike started

  2. Chingara May 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Zuma has, in my opinion, lost the right to mediate in Zimbabwe. There is more black bloodshed in RSA than the whole of Africa put together. Infact I think the Zuma government is in complicity with the mine owners in killing of the Marikana witnesses. Whatwith the cheap hallahbalou on the Indian richman’s landing at a classified airport. And this Zuma womaniser rinongo zhinyura serema.

  3. Mageja Siziba May 19, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    is there any wonder when the povo in mzansi want rgm for president? they say if zimbos do not want rgm, can they export him to mzansi?

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