Increase Wages and Living Conditions for Platinum Miners

South African Miners Strike

Target: Simon Scott, Acting Chief Executive of Lonmin PLC

Goal: Provide improved wages and suitable living conditions for South African miners

Platinum miners in South Africa have recently gone on strike demanding higher wages and better living conditions from their employer, Lonmin PLC. Miners are demanding a pay increase from the equivalent of $690 a month to $1,560 a month, as well as upgraded living quarters to provide electricity, running water, and accessible health services to employees and their families. Please sign this petition and urge Lonmin PLC, the world’s third largest platinum producer, to provide livable wages and resources to its miners.

Since the dispute erupted, 44 people have been killed, including 34 shot by police during the worst episode of violence in post-apartheid South Africa. Despite the bloodshed, intimidation, and threats from Lonmin PLC and police, 70% of miners remain defiant and refuse to return to work with demands unmet. The Lonmin PLC strike has spurred calls for retribution from other miners around South Africa demanding similar terms to continue working.

Fears of a broader mining crisis in one of the main commodity-producing countries have economists and mining CEO’s panicked over potential consequences of mass decreases in production. In just two weeks, the strike caused Lonmin PLC shares to drop nearly 15% below their usual value.

Despite Lonmin PLC being the world’s third largest platinum producer, platinum miners are forced to live in shantytowns consisting of run-down shacks on a dusty plan outside of the mine. Running water and electricity are not available and abysmal salaries leave mining families hungry and in bad health. Considering the level of intensity necessary to work in a mine, it is ridiculous that miners are not treated humanely and paid ethically.

Please sign this petition to urge acting Lonmin PLC Chief Executive, Simon Scott, to increase wages and living conditions as an ethical human and business practice.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Scott,

Recent violence at the Lonmin PLC mine in Marikana, South Africa has resulted in 44 deaths over demands for increased pay and housing conditions. Lonmin PLC’s platinum miners are demanding a wage increase from the equivalent of $690 a month to $1560 a month, as well as running water and electricity in their mine-based living conditions. As the world’s third largest platinum producer, it is shocking that your employees are faced with such devastating resources. I am writing to urge you to peacefully negotiate with miners in order to continue platinum production, which South Africa’s economy depends on, while providing a livable standard of life to the miners responsible for Lonmin PLC’s success.

If Lonmin PLC is not compassionate toward the miners on a human level, perhaps risk of financial loss will prompt productive action. In the two weeks that miners have been on strike the Lonmin PLC shares have dropped nearly 15% below their usual value. According to recent statements, if the unrest continues, Lonmin PLC will be unable to meet its annual target production of 750,000 ounces of platinum. As miners outside of Lonmin PLC join the strike, analysts fear the current situation could threaten social and political stability, thereby damaging the investment climate further.

It is imperative that Lonmin PLC make the necessary changes to get miners back to work in acceptable conditions for ethical pay. Please peacefully settle the strike to prevent further violence, accommodate miners appropriately, and continue contributing to South Africa’s economy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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