Northam Platinum
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared a wage dispute with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) after wage negotiations deadlocked recently.

NUM is demanding a wage increase of 14.5% while Amplats’ offer is 6.75%.

“NUM view the offer by Anglo Platinum as an insult to thousands of helpless employees and the union has also observed the attitude by the company vehemently refusing to close the apartheid wage gap,” the organisation states,

The union deplores Amplats’ “dirty tactics and the arrogant attitude displayed during the wage negotiations”.

The union says it remains unshakable on its demands and it will not and never accept the company’s insult wage increase of 6.75%.

Mineworkers continue to risk their lives deep below the surface of the earth to produce platinum, but they still earn poverty wages NUM concludes.

The NUM joins the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (AMCU) which earlier this month declared a deadlock with Amplats as well as with Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin.

Wage talks officially opened on 12 July when AMCU met with representatives from Implats. The union was asking for a R12 500/month basic wage for entry level employees.