Solidarity threatens strike at Lonmin

solidatityPlatinum producer Lonmin faces possible strike action from minority unions that were left out of a recognition agreement it signed last week with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Trade union Solidarity says it is considering staging a strike at the mine in a bid to have its recognition at the company restored.

The union has declared a dispute with Lonmin over the issue and has taken the matter to the government labour mediator, a step towards legal strike action.

Ironically, Lonmin, the world’s third-largest producer of platinum, signed the agreement with Amcu in part to avert a threatened strike.

Solidarity general-secretary Gideon du Plessis says they have no choice but to strike.

Amcu president Joseph Mthunjwa says the agreement accommodates other unions.

Mthunjwa says past agreements did not allow for any other minority unions to be recognised. – SABC