South Africa mine workers burn Lonmin offer

Thousands of strikers gathered Tuesday at the Lonmin mine stadium to discuss a new wage offer as government-brokered negotiations resumed in nearby Mooinooi town.

An unidentified mine workers sing a dance during their meeting at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Two weeks ago 34 miners were shot and killed by police and more than 200 miners have appeared in court facing violent strike related incidents. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — Platinum miners in the fifth week of a deadly strike burn the latest wage offer from Lonmin PLC, angry that it falls far short of demands for a monthly take-home pay of 12,500 rand ($1,560).

Thousands of strikers gathered Tuesday at the Lonmin mine stadium to discuss a new wage offer as government-brokered negotiations resumed in nearby Mooinooi town.

Workers lit bonfires of leaflets that explained the offer to increase monthly pay for rock drill operators from R9,063 ($1,133) to R10,938 ($1,367). Lonmin also offered a R1,500 ($180) bonus to miners who return to work Wednesday.

Meanwhile Anglo American Platinum takes advantage of a police crackdown, saying it resumed operations Tuesday at four mines. It was impossible to confirm that.

The strike has hit eight gold, platinum and chrome mines.
Associated Press
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