Employees at the Lonmin mine, in Marikana, South Africa, have agreed to return to work after a 22% wage increase was successfully negotiated.
Although the negotiations did not secure the full 12,500 rand employees were asking for, they have been offered between 9-11,000 rand; which they have accepted.
Miners have been on strike for over 5 weeks over low pay, with protests happening almost daily.
On August 16, South African police shot dead 34 striking miners, in what has been described as one of the bloodiest days in South Africa since the apartheid. Although police have said that they acted in self-defence, as protesters approached them with weapons, the massacre heightened the grievances of the striking miners and fuelled the protests to continue.
The wage increase was announced by Bishop Johannes Seoka, the Bishop of Pretoria, to a crowd of miners gathered in a football stadium. Although there was applause as the successful negotiations were announced, eye witnesses said that not everyone was clapping.
Despite this the bishop went on to say:
"The workers are very happy with it [the wage offer] and so we believe that what has happened here has been a victory really for the workers, and they're going to work on Thursday morning."