Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 10 September 2010 – Diversified miner Exxaro Resources Limited reports that “’ following discussions with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to find a resolution to the strike at its KwaZulu Natal mineral sands operation “’ the company has tabled a final improved offer of an 8.5% across-the-board wage increase effective as of 1 September 2010.
A company statement issued here said that in addition, the final offer included a once-off payment to employees, and that the union had until Monday to review the offer, engage with its members and make a decision.
About half of the 470 bargaining unit employees at KZN Sands started the strike, and at this stage many of these employees have returned to work. Contingency plans and stockpiled feedstock have enabled production at the operation to continue.
Meanwhile the NUM says there is no resolution in sight for the strike by over 8 000 workers at Northam Platinum.
The trade union is demanding that the company increase workers’ wages by 15%, as well as offer them a living out allowance of R3 500 per month, while Northam is offering an 8% wage increase as part of a two-year agreement.
The strike has shut down Northam’s Zondereinde mine in Limpopo, and the company says it is losing 1 000 ounces a day in production.
“There have not been any talks to resolve the impasse, and it is likely that this strike action will take many months to resolve,” warned NUM chief negotiator at Northam Zwelitsha Tantsi.