Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 16 August 2010 – The biggest mining trade union in South Africa “’ the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ says its latest wage talks with Impala Platinum (Implats) have collapsed and that the union will be consulting its members this week on whether or not to embark on a strike.
The NUM is demanding a 10% pay rise across the board and R1 700 in housing allowances for its members. Implats “’ the world’s second-largest platinum producer “’ has offered a 7.5% pay increase for workers in the high income bracket and 8% for those in the lower category.
A conciliator met Implats management and the NUM last week to try end the deadlock.
“The talks did not yield any good results, there is no agreement. There is no improvement on the (Implats) offer,” NUM chief negotiator at Implats Eddie Majadibodu told Reuters.
"We are going back to report to our members this week and they will give us the mandate. If they say let’s strike we will go on strike “’ it will depend on what they say.”
A strike vote at Implats last week showed that members were split over whether to go through with a planned labour action.
Reuters reports that the South African economy has been hit by a wave of strikes and strike threats in both the private and public sector that have led to above inflation settlements, raising fears that the cost of living will rise. South Africa’s inflation rate was at 4.2% in June.