Lonmin labor talks suspended until Monday: union
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Discussions among platinum miner Lonmin Plc, unions and government to end a three-week strike have been suspended until Monday for funerals of those killed in a labor fight, a union official said on Friday.
Gideon du Plessis, deputy secretary general of trade union Solidarity, also said talks that stated this week seeking a plan to have 3,000 striking workers return to their post at Lonmin's South Africa operations were suspended on Friday.
Lonmin said in a statement that 5.7 percent of its 28,000 -strong South African workforce had reported for work on Friday. That was down from just under 7 percent on Thursday, and likely impacted by workers attending funerals of their colleagues.
Production at the world's third-largest platinum producer has come to a near standstill from the labor unrest, which has left 44 dead this month.
Shares of Lonmin were down 0.24 percent in Johannesburg at 78.71 rand at 6.06 a.m. EDT.