Lonmin workers strike for second day

Johannesburg - Workers at platinum producer Lonmin's shafts continued a wildcat strike for a second day on Wednesday, raising concerns that the bitter turf war between rival unions could escalate into anarchy and violence.

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 [JSE:LON], 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 3-week lows as investors worried about a repeat of 2012's turmoil, which hammered platinum and gold production and triggered credit downgrades. 

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Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat 2013-05-15 08:49:52 AM
Fire them. They are dishonest. They had an agreement and they just broke it.
Solly Knoetze 2013-05-15 08:59:21 AM
Shoot the rest
Ryan Alexander Smith 2013-05-15 09:30:32 AM
these miners must think they work at the circus the way they carry on !
John Stoltz 2013-05-15 10:27:22 AM
Inherently all African men are lazy. For that reason the women have to raise the children, built the homes, plant the crops, clean the house, etc, etc. Employ women and the problem will go away. Some businesses we deal already do so !
Revelgen 2013-05-15 10:30:27 AM
It won't be long before tens of thousands of miners are out of work. You cannot behave like a savage and expect to be employed. So economics is going to klap miners big time. Many mines WILL be closed, because they will not be able to sell their product for less than it costs to mine/manufacture. It happened in Britain in the 1980's/1990's where 150 mines were eventually closed, putting multitudes out of work. When this happens, miners, make sure you know where the head offices of your unions are, because THEY will be the ones to blame for your poverty.
Sakhiwo 2013-05-15 10:57:49 AM
Those in power should start acting now before it's too late
Richard Scully 2013-05-15 12:16:10 PM
Get rid of the ANC and these problems will reduce drastically. The ANC deliberately work against business as if they were fighting apartheid.