‘Minework­ers will not com­pro­mise’

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A MEET­ING this morn­ing be­tween Pe­tra Di­a­monds and the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers (NUM), to be me­di­ated by the CCMA, could bring an on­go­ing strike to an end, but only if mine man­age­ment give in to the key de­mands of the union.

This is ac­cord­ing to NUM’s deputy na­tional pres­i­dent, Joseph Mon­tisetsi, who said yes­ter­day that work­ers were not will­ing to com­pro­mise in the labour dis­pute.

Mon­tisetsi vis­ited Fin­sch and Koffie­fontein mines yes­ter­day, where he ad­dressed work­ers and eval­u­ated the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion at the two Pe­tra op­er­a­tions.

“Our de­mands in­clude a 10 per­cent wage in­crease along with R1 500 al­lowances for liv­ing and hous­ing re­spec­tively,” Mon­tisetsi said yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. “These de­mands are non-ne­go­tiable and un­til they are met the strike con­tin­ues.”

Mon­tisetsi added that the union would be meet­ing with Pe­tra man­age­ment this morn­ing in the hopes of find­ing a res­o­lu­tion to the cur­rent stale­mate.

“We were un­able to meet with mine man­age­ment dur­ing our visit but an in­ter­ac­tion is sched­uled for to­mor­row (to­day).

“This en­gage­ment is go­ing to be me­di­ated by the CCMA who will be hop­ing that we will reach a com­pro­mise. We will just have to wait and see what comes out of this meet­ing.”

Mean­while, Pe­tra spokesper­son, Gert Klop­per, said yes­ter­day that while an agree­ment was yet to be reached be­tween work­ers and man­age­ment, min­ing con­tin­ued at Pe­tra’s sites in the Prov­ince.

“The strike con­tin­ues at KEM-JV, Fin­sch and Koffie­fontein,” Klop­per said. “Pro­duc­tion at all op­er­a­tions is con­tin­u­ing with avail­able re­sources.”

Klop­per added that Pe­tra was aware of the visit by the union’s lead­er­ship to their operation in Koffie­fontein but had not had any en­gage­ments with the NUM rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“We were in­for­mally no­ti­fied that the deputy pres­i­dent of NUM would ad­dress the mem­bers but no spe­cific en­gage­ment with the com­pany has been ar­ranged.

“The com­pany re­mains com­mit­ted to dis­cus­sions with NUM to find a so­lu­tion to the cur­rent dead­lock with re­gards to salary ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

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