D-day for striking Lonmin miners

Striking Lonmin miners have until the end of Tuesday to attend wage talks and return to work.

Mine workers walk to a meeting point at Lonmin's Marikana Mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Striking Lonmin workers have until the end of business on Tuesday to attend wage talks and report for duty at the mine's North West operation.

They refused to report for duty on Monday, and boycotted the first scheduled wage negotiations with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) in Marikana.

The commission said it would pull out of talks if there was no progress by this afternoon.

It agreed to facilitate talks between Lonmin management, striking workers and unions - but only if the miners returned to work.

Attendance figures remained in the single digits at the platinum producer on Monday and striking miners marched to several shafts to ensure their colleagues were not working.

Representatives of the miners also failed to attend Monday's meeting, delaying negotiations.

It is hoped talks will get underway this afternoon, in order to end the four-week long strike.

Almost 3,000 rock drillers are demanding their monthly salary be increased to R12,500.

The strike has been fraught with violence, with 44 people, including two police officers, killed in the first week.

An official inquiry was launched to investigate a shooting on 16 August, which saw 34 miners gunned down during clashes with police.