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11 Nov 2013
4:43 pm

NUM to march to Northam Platinum

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will march at Northam Platinum in Limpopo following a deadlock in wage negotiation, the union said on Monday.

FILE PICTURE: Miners. Picture: Michel Bega

“The march will continue tomorrow [Tuesday] as planned,” said chief negotiator Ecliff Tantsi He said the march would start at 10am at the Zondereinde mine.

“The NUM is still open for further negotiations with the company and we would be on stand by 24-hours.”

NUM members went on strike last Sunday, demanding an increase of R2100 for core workers such as rock drill operators, and R2000 for non-core workers.

The union rejected a revised wage offer by Northam Platinum on Thursday.

The company tabled a revised offer on Tuesday. It offered non-core category two to eight employees 7.5 percent increases, and core employees in the same categories 8.5 percent increases.

In categories nine and 10, the company revised its offer to seven percent for non-core workers and 7.5 percent for core workers, and the living out allowance to seven percent.

The company was proposing a two-year wage agreement. Tantsi said the workers were opposed to a two-year wage agreement.

“Our members are further demanding that the employer must respond to the demands that are presented by the workers.”

He said workers were prepared to consider a staggered offer if the company could not meet its demand for a R2100 increase for core workers and a R2000 increase for non-core workers.

“Our members are also opposed to the implementation date of the wage agreement from August 1, that the company is offering, and are in favour of July 1,” said Tantsi.

“Our members have warned that it is non-negotiable.”

Northam Platinum said it was ready for further talks with the NUM after the union rejected its latest pay offer.

“The management of the Zondereinde division of Northam has been advised by the NUM that the strike at the mine will continue,” it said in a statement last Thursday.

“Management at Zondereinde has indicated that it is willing to have further discussions in an attempt to resolve the current impasse.”