WorkersLonmin miners take on management without unions

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Aug 28 2012 17:27
WorkersLonmin miners take on management without unions

Interesting article, but I've no clue of the players and evolution of things (independent worker militants, pro-company
workers, whatever).

WorkersLonmin miners take on management without unions

SABC News, 28 August 2012

One of five delegates chosen by Lonmin mineworkers, Zolisa Bodlani says workers are skeptical about tomorrow’s meeting between Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, unions, management and worker representatives. The workers believe unions have failed them and have misrepresented their interests, as well as management which Bodlani has accused of not wanting to meet workers before the fatal tragedy last week that lead to the deaths of 44 people. Bodlani was speaking in an interview on SAfm’s AM Live this morning.

"We are not sure that we are going to attend tomorrow’s meetings. They promised us today that we will meet the labour minister - we have questions to ask her – we want to know why they decided to call us together with the unions. We are not willing to work with the unions. We have reasons why but we don’t want to disclose that now. We also believe our unions failed us big time. We are not going to use any one of them. We don’t want to be affiliated to any of the unions," says Bodlani.

Bodlani says up until the fatal incident where 34 people were shot dead last week, they have been struggling to meet with management. He stressed that they will press on with their demand for a salary of R12 500 and continue to hold on to their slogan: ‘No R12 500, no work’.

On intimidation of workers who have returned to work, he said the salary increase will not only benefit rock drill operators but, every worker on the mine. He says some cannot continue to work whilst others are in the struggle for better wages. Bodlani says owing to the tragedy that befell ‘our 44 brothers’ they cannot give up their fight.

Meanwhile, more than 260 people are to appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court today for bail hearing. Edited by Khensane Maranele