Marikana: Workers optimistic about agreement

2012-09-17 15:57
Lucas Ledwaba in Marikana
A delegation representing striking mineworkers in negotiations with Lonmin say they are optimistic that an agreement could be reached in wage negotiations tonight.

Bishop Jo Seoka, chairperson of the SA Council of Churches, told journalists after a meeting with workers at Wonderkop stadium this afternoon that the workers had mandated the delegation to negotiate on their behalf.

Seoka said the workers had tabled a revised compromise figure which he hoped could provide a breakthrough in the talks which have been going on since last week.

The workers, who are demanding a R12 500 monthly salary, met at the Wonderkop stadium after obtaining permission from the Rustenburg Local Municipality.

Seoka said permission to gather was granted with stringent conditions to which the workers had to adhere.

Police kept a strong presence near the venue, with armoured vehicles and a water canon on standby.

Seoka said the behaviour of the workers indicated that they were peaceful, and blasted police behaviour, saying it was “provocative and intimidating”.

Seoka refused to comment on the scuffle that occurred outside the stadium earlier, when police barred Julius Malema from entering the stadium.

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