Lonmin miners in South Africa set to return to work
September 19 , 2012
Striking miners at a Lonmin-owned platinum mine in South Africa are to return to work on Thursday.
Miners were told on Tuesday of a proposed 22 percent pay rise, which is yet to be accepted.
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration informed the workers, most of whom are rock drill operators, at a soccer pitch near the Marikana mine in Rustenburg, located around 50 miles north-east of Johannesburg.
The announcement comes after police last month opened fire on protestors at the mine, killing 34 striking workers.
Miners have been demanding a salary of around $1,500. They currently earn less than half that amount.
The clashes at the Marikana mine brought production to a standstill for weeks with the unrest spreading to other mines.
South Africa is the world’s largest platinum producer and the disruption is estimated to have cost the industry $548 million in lost output.