The situation at Marikana deserves urgent attention and all parties convened by the Minister of Labour; Minister Mildred Oliphant, today agreed that a lot more effort needs to be undertaken to bring about peace and stability and Lonmin.
The meeting held at Rustenburg's Civic Centre today, brought together the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Solidarity, UASA, FEDUSA, National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and Lonmin management.
All the parties agreed that urgent steps need to be taken to facilitate the normalisation of the situation.
The following process was agreed to by the parties:
The conclusion of a peace accord by all parties with the first meeting scheduled for Wednesday August 29, 2012. This will be facilitated by the Department of Labour.
Upon conclusion of a peace accord, the parties will start engaging on the demands raised by the workers and how they would be accommodated within the framework of existing collective bargaining arrangements.
The Minister, Mildred Oliphant thanked all the parties for honouring the invitation saying this was a reason to be hopeful. She further called on the parties to consider option to ensure an all-inclusive collective bargaining framework and called on workers to go back to work.
"All the parties demonstrated willingness and resolved to see a quick and lasting resolution to this problem. They also want to see the country healed from recent tragic events and for all of us to move forward together, and may our people find peace and solace in the efforts that we all are making in resolving the current impasse" said the Minister.
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