Lonmin has signed an employee recognition agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) whereby AMCU is recognised as the majority union at Lonmin.
It also acknowledges the rights and obligations which accompany that status in South African labour law.
The signing of the agreement comes in a significant week for Lonmin, and for South Africa, as the nation pays its respects to those who have died in violence at Marikana over the past year. A number of commemoration events have been held since the start of the week at Lonmin’s operations and there will be reduced production on Friday 16 August, although all shafts will remain operational.
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, who has been personally involved in the process since formally joining Lonmin on 1 July said he was delighted to announce the signing of the recognition agreement. “It is excellent news for Lonmin, for our employees and for all our stakeholders. It has not been easy, and I would like to recognise the efforts of both our teams, AMCU and Lonmin.”
He added that it has been a constructive and robust engagement in search of a win-win solution. “This is key to achieving peace, stability and prosperity for all, which will enhance our recent operational performance. There is much still to do, but this is a huge step towards stability and the prosperity of all our stakeholders.”
Joseph Mathunjwa, President of AMCU, said: “We have different mandates, but we acknowledge that without cooperation we are all losers and that, as leaders, we must find a way to ensure we can move forward together in peace and stability.”