Chamber of Mines
Image: Sibanye Stillwater
The National Union of Mineworkers has declared a wage dispute with Sibanye Stillwater's Kroondaal operation after the wage negotiations deadlocked.

The National Union of Mineworkers is demanding R10 500 for category B and 15% for category A while the company is offering a mere 5,5% for category A and R750 category B.

The union has already secured a date for the CCMA facilitation on 2 November 2017 in Rustenburg.

Its wage demands are as follows:

Wage demands

The National Union of Mineworkers is demanding R10 500 for the lowest paid and 15% for the highest paid employees.

Housing allowance

The National Union of Mineworkers is demanding a living out allowance of R5 000 and housing subsidy R10 000.

Medical aid

The union is demanding 100% medical aid contribution by the employer.

Leave days

The union is demanding fully paid 35 days annual leave days and 42 days sick leave.

Maternity leave

The union is demanding four months fully paid maternity leave.

“The National Union of Mineworkers views the wage offer by Sibanye Stillwater as an insult because the lowest paid employees are currently earning R6 400.”

In addition the union states it “deplores dirty tactics and the arrogant attitude displayed by the company during the wage negotiations until we deadlocked”.

“We remain unshakeable on these demands and we will not and never accept Sibanye Stillwater’s insult wage increase of 5,5% and R750.

“Mineworkers continue to risk their lives deep below the surface of the earth to produce platinum, but they still earn poverty wages,” states the union in a press statement.

Feature image credit: Sibanye Stillwater