What next for the Marikana Miners

23 January 2017 - 10:15am
Event
  • EVENT DATE: 6:15 - 9pm, 26 January 2017
  • LOCATION: Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA​
  • RSVP: richard@londonminingnetwork.org 

Join War on Want and our friends,  the London Mining Network, as they host a meeting with Bishop Johannes Seoka  on Thursday, 26 January from 6:15-9pm at Amnesty International.

The meeting will focus on how we develop solidarity with those seeking justice for the miners massacred at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine in 2012.

2017 will mark the fifth year since the killings of the 34 striking mine workers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in South Africa. War on Want has been working with partners in South Africa to campaign for justice for the families of the miners that were gunned down. London Mining Network has been putting pressure on Lonmin, a London-listed company to implement the social commitments made before and since the massacre.

Lonmin has failed to provide compensation to victims and improve the living standards of mine workers, which was at the core of the labour dispute in which police opened fire on mine workers in 2012. The vast majority of the Marikana workforce still live in informal settlements and lack drinking water, basic sanitation or electricity.

Though charges were laid against several South African police force members and the South African government announced compensation to be paid to victim’s families in December 2016, Lonmin has thus far remained largely unaccountable for their actions during August 2012.

Bishop Seoka, of South Africa’s Bench Mark Foundation – accompanied by Barbara Mueller and Markus Dufner from the international Plough Back the Fruits network – has come to London to challenge institutional shareholders to commit to divesting from Lonmin, if a list of the organisation’s demands are not met by the company before the 16th of August. These demands include that Lonmin:

  • Take steps to implement a living wage for mine workers (12,500 Rand/month, or roughly £750)
  • Comprehensively address the housing needs of workers, as 33,000 Lonmin workers live in tin huts without access to electricity, basic sanitation services, or regular drinking water. Lonmin must address the housing needs in consultation with the workers, including subsidised rental accommodation and improved conditions in the informal settlements,
  • Compensate the victims of the massacre to allow the widows, orphans and injured survivors a dignified existence. Bench Marks Foundation argues that such compensation be in the region of 20 years’ wages that workers would have earned had they not been killed or critically injured exercising their right to organise.

Bishop Johannes Seoka said: “My attendance at Lonmin AGM is to expose the lie that Lonmin has fulfilled its obligations of meeting workers’ housing needs, improving their living conditions, or implementing a living wage. Investors have had more than four years to ensure ethical practices are being followed in their investments, but have failed to do so. We will not rest until justice is achieved for the massacred, injured, arrested and the widows and orphans left behind. We call on investors at the Lonmin AGM to take a resolution to compel the company to address the above demands and to set a time limit of August 16th 2017 to comply. Should this not happen, we will call for international solidarity to have Lonmin’s mining license revoked, as per President Jacob Zuma’s statement in December 2016.”

 

Please RSVP attendance to richard@londonminingnetwork.org

 

REPORT AND STRATEGY MEETING

6.15-9.00pm Thursday 26th January

Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Main speaker: Bishop Jo Seoka with supplementary introductions from Plough Back the Fruits and Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign.

 

Main points to cover

•    Why the delegation came, situation in Marikana

•    Feedback from the AGM

•    Solidarity so far

•    Campaign ideas and coordination for the future

 

Arrangements: Located minutes from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.

We will start promptly!

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