Tuesday, September 18, 2012

South Africa's Lonmin miners accept pay rise to end strike

(Reuters) - Striking platinum miners at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa accepted a pay offer on Tuesday, ending six weeks of violent unrest that claimed 45 lives and rattled Africa's largest economy.

The strikers, grouped on a bare soccer pitch near the mine, 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, cheered when they were told that management were offering a 22 percent pay rise, and said they would return to work on Thursday.

"I am happy - and forward with the struggle," said one of the striking miners, Sithembile Sohati.

"It's a huge achievement. No union has achieved a 22 percent increase before," Zolisa Bodlani, a worker representative at Marikana, told Reuters.

In another sign that weeks of labour unrest in South Africa's platinum belt were ending, the world's biggest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum, said it had resumed its operations in the strike-hit Rustenburg area. Read More