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5 Nov 2013
6:47 pm

NUM considers new pay offer

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is consulting its members on a revised offer from Northam Platinum mine, an official said on Tuesday.

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“The offer will be subjected to internal discussions, in line with organisational protocol. NUM will engage with the members starting with the leadership of the union on Wednesday,” said chief negotiator Ecliff Tantsi.

“The NUM met with the Northam Platinum management today [Tuesday] to pursue an amicable solution to the current debacle with the company,” he said.

Tantsi said a mass meeting would be held on Thursday to brief workers about the offer, after which the union would meet the company again with a new mandate.

NUM members went on strike on Sunday, at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine in Limpopo.

The workers demanded an increase of R2100 for core workers, such as rock drill operators, and R2000 for non-core workers. The union also wanted the R2200 living out allowance increased to R3718.

The company offered 6.5 percent for non-core and seven percent for core workers. It said all stoping and development-related activities were suspended on Sunday night, when workers did not report for duty.

Stoping involves extracting ore from the rock, leaving a cavity called a stope.

“All other services to keep the mine functional are continuing, including ventilation, pumping, and smelting operations,” company spokeswoman Memory Johnstone said on Monday.