Uncategorized 15.8.2015 04:36 pm

NUM to strike at Nkomati Nickel Mine

FILE PICTURE: Striking National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members hold placards during a picket, 02 July 2014, outside the Eskom offices in Sunninghill Johannesburg. Numsa members are demanding 12 percent wage increase and R1000 housing allowance. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: Striking National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members hold placards during a picket, 02 July 2014, outside the Eskom offices in Sunninghill Johannesburg. Numsa members are demanding 12 percent wage increase and R1000 housing allowance. Picture: Alaister Russell

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has obtained a certificate of non-resolution from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) over a wage dispute with Nkomati Nickel Mine, the union said on Saturday.

The mine is owned by billionaire Patrice Motsepe of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), in a joint venture between ARM and Norilsk. Nkomati mine is situated in Machado in Mpumalanga near Nelspruit.

“The strike will commence on Sunday 16 August 2015 starting with the night shift at or about 7pm,” NUM Deputy General Secretary and chief negotiator at the mine William Makgabo Mabapa said in a statement.

“It will include every shift that follows thereafter, and will continue indefinitely until the NUM demands are complied with.”

The NUM and the Nkomati mine differed on two “critical issues”, he said.

The first issue was the car allowance which was available to management and a “few employees”.

“The NUM position is that all employees must belong to [the] group scheme car insurance for Nkomati mine.”

The second issue was long-service awards. The NUM wanted long-service awards to start at five years, when the company should pay R3000. At 10 years it should pay R6000.

The company wanted to start paying long-service awards after 10 years and only R3000, he said.

 

 

 

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