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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90EWN reports that trade union Solidarity says it will approach platinum producer Lonmin by Wednesday to communicate its members' grievances around the treatment of skilled employees and what it says is the preferential treatment of members of the Association of Mineworkers and the Construction Union (Amcu) by the company.  

The union is seeking to get its recognition rights at Lonmin restored.  Solidarity maintains there is a high possibility that its members will go on strike next month or in January, thus bringing production at Lonmin’s shafts to a standstill.  But, Lonmin spokesperson Wendy Tlou was not aware of the union’s threat to go on strike.  Solidarity’s general secretary Gideon du Plessis responded that Lonmin should be aware of this development because the mandating process and a petition against chief executive Ben Magara was conducted transparently at mine level.  Solidarity indicated that at the core of its dispute was the right of association as enshrined in the Constitution and so they felt justified in their actions.

  • Read this report by Masechaba Sefularo in full at EWN
  • See too, Strike threat adds to headaches for Lonmin CE, at Mining Weekly
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement on this matter at Solidarity online

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