AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - Mine in Marikana: an agreement for peace has been reached, but it is not signed by all
Johannesburg (Agenzia Fides) - Three miners' unions, the company Lomnine that operates the platinum mine in Marikana (the scene of the massacre on 16 August when the police caused the deaths of 34 protesters) and the South African government signed on 5 September an agreement to continue the negotiations concerning salary peacefully.
"The agreement was not signed by the union AMCU and by representatives of miners struggling in Marikana. They claim to be interested only in a wage increase" says to Fides His Exc. Mgr. Kevin Dowling, Bishop of Rustenburg (South Africa). "This is a 300% increase from the current 4,000 to 12,500 Rand per month. The Association of South African mining company, however, has stated that it is impossible to grant a wage increase of this kind, because any mining company with such salaries would go bankrupt. "
It is clear that allowing an increase like this to the miners in Marikana means opening a series of trade disputes in all mining sites in the Country to get similar salary increases.
According to the agreements signed yesterday, the negotiations related to salary must be reached within 30 days, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and peace. But the fact that the union that started the protest has not signed the peace agreement, threatens to erupt further incidents.
"Yesterday - said Mgr. Dowling - during a new demonstration, death threats against some of the mangers of the mine were even uttered. The protest was chiefly the work of a hard core of about 3-4000 miners that started in August. The other miners would like to return to work but they are still subjected to threats and intimidation," the Bishop concluded. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 06/09/2012)
- 2014-07-01 - Bishop of Rustenburg says thanks for the help given to the miners who have concluded the strike
- 2014-06-23 - An American missionary who dedicated her life to orphans in South Africa has been killed
- 2014-05-07 - " Be careful not to go back to new forms of racial discrimination" says Cardinal Napier to voters
- 2014-05-02 - "Enormous progress on integration, but we need to fight corruption", says Cardinal Napier
- 2014-04-04 - The Bishops: "President, give an explanation of the excessive expenditure on the renovation of your house with public money"
- 2014-03-10 - The role of the General Secretaries of the Bishops' Conferences on the subject of reconciliation, good governance, the common good and democratic transition
- 2014-02-19 - South African Bishops: "Go and vote, because this right has been won with blood"
- 2014-02-10 - Bishops’ message in view of the elections on May 7: "Let us carefully choose who to vote for"
- 2014-01-29 - "No to laws that discriminate homosexuals": editorial of the Catholic Southern Cross
- 2013-12-10 - AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA – Mandela; Cardinal Napier: "Grateful for what he did for South Africa and the world"