September 13, 2012 / 8:06 PM / 5 years ago

UPDATE 1-Lonmin makes offer to striking S.Africa miners

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Lonmin Plc 
 said on Thursday it had made an offer to striking
workers at its South African operations, after four weeks of
widening labour unrest that has threatened mining output in
Africa's biggest economy.
    "Following negotiations today, Lonmin has presented an
offer," to representatives of the workers, the company said in a
statement, adding that negotiations would continue on Friday.
    The world's third-largest platinum miner also said the talks
included "all parties", a sign that the militant AMCU union -
which has been a driving force in the labour unrest - was now
involved.
    Lonmin last week signed a "peace accord" with some of its
unions, but that deal did not include the breakaway Association
of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).
    AMCU is calling for hefty pay hikes and challenging the long
dominance of the government-affiliated National Union of
Mineworkers.
    The wave of strikes has engulfed other mining companies,
including top platinum producer Anglo American Platinum 
and gold producer Gold Fields.
    Last month police shot dead 34 striking miners at Lonmin's
Marikana mine, the bloodiest security incident since the end of
apartheid in 1994.

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