Tell Lonmin to meet workers demands for higher wages and better living conditions!
To: Ian Farmer, the CEO of Lonmin plc
We, the international community, demand that you raise the monthly minimum pay for the workers at your platinum mine in South Africa! As the world's third largest platinum producer, it’s shocking that you only pay your workers the equivalent of $690 a month, forcing them to live without...…
We, the international community, demand that you raise the monthly minimum pay for the workers at your platinum mine in South Africa! As the world's third largest platinum producer, it’s shocking that you only pay your workers the equivalent of $690 a month, forcing them to live without electricity, running water, or accessible health services. We demand that you provide the workers with a fair wage ($1560) and contribute more fairly to their livelihoods.
Last week, your mine workers walked off the job, refusing to return to work until the you raised their wages and improved their living conditions. As the workers demonstrated outside the mine on Thursday, South African police officers opened fire on the protesters, killing 34 people and sending 78 others to the hospital in critical condition. Yet even in the face of bloodshed, intimidation, and threats - 70% of the miners remain defiant and refuse to return to work until their demands are met.
The strike has already caused your company’s shares on the stock market to drop nearly 15% below their usual value. Furthermore, according to your statement yesterday, should the unrest continue, Lonmin will be unable to meet its annual target production of 750,000 ounces of platinum. For the sake of your own company’s financial future, as well as the thousands of miners that Lonmin employs, we ask that you raise workers wages and improve living conditions surrounding your platinum mine in South Africa!
This petition closed on December 31, 2012.
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As the world's leading producer of platinum and one of the top gold producers, South Africa has become the richest nation in Africa in recent years. Still, the country has over a 25% unemployment rate. Protests against shortages of housing, electricity, running water, as well as poor education and health services occur on an almost daily basis. The miserable living conditions of the Lonmin platinum miners is a reflection of the deep inequalities that still pervade this society 18 years after the end of apartheid. Their shantytown consists of run-down shacks on a dusty plain outside the mine, lacking running water and electricity. The miners can not afford anything more on the abysmal salaries they bring home after laboring in the nearby mine.
Now these miners are taking a courageous stand by going on strike, giving the world a view of Lonmin's unethical treatment of its workers. Their strike sets a precedent for all South African miners; demands for higher wages have now spread to at least two other neighboring mines. Their actions also send a powerful message to big, international corporations hoping to make a profit by overworking and underpaying their workers.
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