Friday, September 7, 2012

Lonmin signs deal at South African platinum mine

 Police try to stop striking mine workers from entering the Karee Mine 
SOUTH AFRICA (WP) --  On 6 September 2012, managers of a platinum mine where South African police killed 34 striking workers signed a peace deal with main labor unions but a breakaway union and the strikers themselves rejected the agreement. Strikers that refused to work at the Marikana mine say they only want LonminPLC to meet their demand for a monthly take-home pay of $1,560, about double what they now earn. On 5 September over 2000 protesters threatened to kill those who don’t join the month-long stoppage at the nearby Marikana mine. The Karee mineshaft, in Rustenburg, South Africa is responsible for 68 percent of production at Lonmin, the world’s third-largest platinum producer.

Note: Since the strikes began several weeks ago neither of the mines controlled by Lonmin has produced platinum.

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