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Impala strike still not resolved

Impala Platinum’s
refinery in Springs
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVUE.COM — 02 September, 2009 – Workers at Impala Platinum (Implats) “’ the world’s No. 2 platinum producer “’ will hold a meeting tomorrow to weigh the company’s latest pay offer, after talks aimed at preventing a strike failed to reach agreement.

Implats said today that some employees were ready to resume work, while others wanted to continue the strike, but reiterated that the company could only resume mining once all workers were available.

Concern grew last week that work could stop across the industry in the world’s top platinum producing nation when workers at Anglo Platinum also rejected a pay offer.

The strike at Implats “’ now in its second week “’ has halted production at the company’s biggest mine, Rustenburg, and its smaller Marula mine. Its Springs metal refinery has not been affected by the industrial action so far.

 “There is nothing new, we are still far apart. Our demand is for a 14% increase, and the company is still at 10%,” Eddie Majadibodu “’ chief negotiator for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ told Reuters. “I will meet with the workers to see the way forward.”

He added that he would meet with Implats later in the day.

Implats’ spokesman Bob Gilmour said the demand for a 14% pay raise was still non-negotiable, because it was more than twice the inflation rate of 6.7%. “This demand is still totally unacceptable,” he insisted.

Some 20,000 workers at Implats have been on strike since last week Monday at Rustenburg, and some workers at its Marula mine, which employs 4 000, have not shown up for work.