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Impala strike is over

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Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 08 September 2009 – Workers at Impala Platinum have ended a two-week strike at the company’s biggest mine, and South Africa’s biggest miners’ union has announced that it has agreed in principle to a new pay offer with top platinum producer Anglo Platinum.

Reuters reports that concern over a potential sector-wide strike in South Africa’s platinum industry receded further after union negotiators said they had agreed in principle to a wage offer from Anglo Platinum (Angloplats). The union said it would recommend the offer to members. The workers are expected to decide on the deal next Monday.

The strike over pay at Impala Platinum’s largest mine started on 24 August and has so far cost the world’s No. 2 producer of the precious metal more than 20 000 platinum ounces.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said its members at Implats would resume work last night, after giving up their strike.

NUM leaders held meetings with some of the 20 000 striking workers at Implats to persuade them to abandon their strike and go to work, because they felt it was unlikely that the company would improve on its offer to raise wages by 10%. The workers had been holding out for a 14% raise.

“The strike is over, we have decided the workers will resume. Basically the wage offer from Impala has been accepted,” said NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka.

NUM deputy general secretary Oupa Komane “’ who also heads the union’s negotiations with Anglo Platinum “’ said the negotiating parties had agreed on a two-year wage deal.

“I don’t want to anticipate the members’ response. The deal is dependent on the acceptance of the members, but I and the other leaders will recommend it to them,” he told Reuters.

Komane said union leaders would visit the workers from today, and their votes on the offer would be taken and consolidated on Monday next week

The new deal includes an improved housing allowance, medical pay and longer paid maternity leave for the union’s 30 000 workers at Anglo Platinum, which has a total of 60 000 workers.