Lonmin Platinum Mine said it does not regret the agreement it offered to mine workers who have been on strike for six weeks. The mine and other parties including the unions and worker delegations signed a wage agreement last night.
According to the agreement rock drill operators at Lonmin will now get a package of R11 078 a month, while general workers will get a package of R9 611. Initially workers demanded R12 500 monthly pay, but later agreed to a counter-offer from the employer.
The mine's representative Abbey Kgotle said, "We wish to sincerely thank all the parties for the role that they played, we know that it's not been an easy journey. We cannot forget that we got to this point because of a very tragic week that we went through in August and our thoughts still remain with the families of the deceased and we would like to conclude this agreement in their honour."
The negotiators for Lonmin mineworkers are expected to address workers at Wonderkop at 10 o'clock this morning to report back on the signing of the agreement. Miners are expected to return to work tomorrow at seven in the morning.