Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 04 August 2010 – Impala Platinum Holdings “’ the world’s second-largest producer of the metal “’ faces a strike by 18 000 workers, according to the country’s largest mining trade union “’ the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
“NUM stewards will give feedback to the workers tomorrow, and it is likely that strike action will hit Impala,” the union’s chief negotiator at the company, Eddie Majadibodu, said in a statement.
This follows the breakdown of talks, facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), between the company and the union.
Among the union’s demands were a 10% across-the-board wage increase, plus a housing allowance. It also wanted the equalisation of contributions to the provident fund. The company, however, had offered an 8% across-the-board increase.
“We gave the company the last opportunity, as the CCMA requested, but they squashed that very last opportunity,” the union claimed.
Company spokesperson Bob Gilmour confirmed that talks had fallen through. He said that after the union had talked to its members it would approach the company. “So we’ll just take it from there,” he added.