The Straits Times
Published on Sep 18, 2012

Lonmin offers striking S.African miners bonus to resume work


MARIKANA, South Africa (AFP) - The strike-torn Lonmin platinum mine on Tuesday proposed a bonus to South African workers to end a six week stoppage and return to work on Wednesday if they accept a wage hike offer.

According to the offer written on a Lonmin letterhead, distributed to the workers on Tuesday, the miners will get a one-off bonus of 1,500 rand (S$222) in addition to an offer already made in response to their wage demands.

The world's number three platinum producer has already offered the workers a 1,875 rand pay increase on their basic monthly salary, which they initially turned down last week saying it was not enough.

On Monday the workers agreed for the first time since they went on strike on August 10 to lower their monthly salary demand of 12,500 rand. The offer takes the gross monthly salary to just around 9,000 rands.