Lonmin: less than 7 percent of workers reports for duty

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Posted: Aug 30, 2012 5:15 AM
Lonmin: less than 7 percent of workers reports for duty

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Platinum producer Lonmin said on Thursday less than 7 percent of its 28,000-strong South African workforce had reported for duty on Thursday as talks were slated to have warring unions cool it and bring people back to work.

The world's third largest producer of the precious metal has had its mining operations shut for almost 3 weeks because of a wave of violence stemming from a union turf war that has killed 44 people this month.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Jon Herskovitz)