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COSATU NW calls on workers in Lonmin to mourn

21 August 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West has been observing with sadness the situation in Lonmin platinum mines.

The situation is really heartbreaking and painful and it is really a loss to human kind and the working class in particular.

COSATU is however calling for calm. All workers must be allowed to mourn for the whole week until after the memorial service and management must take responsibility for counselling of all the affected families and take the responsibility for the cost of the funerals that are going take place over the weekend.

The return to work must take place only after all consultations have been completed with all workers who are affected. Management must not implement its ultimatum until the end of the mourning week called by the president.

COSATU acknowledges the rising challenges that are facing the workers and their shrinking incomes caused by the rising cost of living confronting our country.

COSATU would like to send its deepest heartfelt condolence to the families who lost their loved ones and bread winners in this tragedy and may the souls of the departed rest in peace.

All workers are requested to report all incidents of intimidation to the leadership of NUM and COSATU in the province

Once more, let those who are killed rest in peace.

For more information contact Solly Phetoe COSATU North West Provincial Secretary at 082 304 4055