Northam strike talks on hold un­til new year

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - BUSINESS -

MIN­ING gi­ant Northam Plat­inum said yes­ter­day its of­fer to strik­ing NUM mem­bers at its Zon­dereinde mine in Lim­popo re­mained on the ta­ble.

“The Na­tional Union of Minework­ers’ ( NUM)... de­mands, in ag­gre­gate, re­main at an in­crease of 16 per­cent on ba­sic wages. In ad­di­tion NUM de­mands an in­crease of 69 per­cent in the liv­ing out al­lowance,” it said in a state­ment.

Mem­bers of the NUM at the Zon­dereinde mine, near Aman­del­bult, went on strike on Novem­ber 3.

They ini­tially de­manded a salary in­crease of R2 100 for core work­ers such as rock drill op­er­a­tors, and R2 000 for non­core work­ers. Another de­mand was for the liv­ing- out al­lowance to be in­creased from R2 200 to R3 718 a month.

The union has re­jected the com­pany’s fi­nal of­fer of an 8-9 per­cent in­crease.

The com­pany said yes­ter­day it in­formed the Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion (CCMA) that its fi­nal wage of­fer re­mained in ef­fect.

It en­tails in­creases be­tween 8-9 per­cent for non-core and core em­ploy­ees in the A and B cat­e­gories and an 8 per­cent raise in the liv­ing out al­lowance, con­di­tional on a two- year wage agree­ment, re­mained on the ta­ble.

“Northam has fur­ther pro­posed to the CCMA that, in the light of NUM’s in­tran­si­gent po­si­tion, that the CCMA’s me­di­a­tion process be held in abeyance un­til the new year.” – Sapa

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