Uncategorized 20.3.2014 05:59 pm

Numsa accepts Amplats wage offer

Numsa members gather before a march by Numsa members from Zoo Lake to the Nedlac offices in Rosebank, 19 March 2014. Picture: Neil McCartney

Numsa members gather before a march by Numsa members from Zoo Lake to the Nedlac offices in Rosebank, 19 March 2014. Picture: Neil McCartney

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has accepted Anglo American Platinum’s wage offer, the mining company said on Thursday.

“The offer, which was accepted in December 2013 by the National Union of Mineworkers and the United Association of South Africa, will be applied to all employees in the Numsa bargaining unit,” spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole said in a statement.

“The agreement stipulates the wages and other conditions of employment for operational employees for the period July 1 2013 to June 30 2015.”

This equated to wage increases of a 8.5 percent per annum increase for A to B2 employees, eight percent for B3 to B7 employees and 7.5 percent for C to D1.

From year two there would be an eight percent increase for all employees.

Numsa could not be reached for comment.

In January, Numsa said it was planning on striking at Amplats.

In February, the metalworkers union reportedly called a strike at Amplats’s processing division.

Amplats chief executive Chris Griffith welcomed Numsa’s acceptance.

“We are delighted that Numsa has accepted our offer and realises that we have provided a fair and reasonable offer to our employees within our financial constraints,” he said.

“We would like to acknowledge the contribution and support of our stakeholders, government, the CCMA [Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration] and Numsa for all working together to enable us to settle this wage agreement.”

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) strike at the mine, and other platinum producers, began on January 23. Workers demanded a minimum monthly salary of R12,500.

The mining companies offered staggered increases of seven to nine percent over the next three years.

Earlier this month Amcu said it had revised its demand and that the R12,500 minimum monthly salary could now be achieved over three years.

However, the companies rejected Amcu’s revised demand.

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