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Implats workers to vote on strike tommorrow

The Impala Platinum
Rustenburg operation
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 26 July 2010 – Workers at Impala Platinum Holdings Limited “’ the world’s second-largest producer of the metal “’ are scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether or not they should go on strike over the current pay issue.

The workers “’ all members of South Africa’s biggest mining trade union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ have failed to agree a deal with Impala during talks so far, said NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka in a mobile telephone interview this morning.

Impala acknowledged a statement released earlier by the NUM, and confirmed that there was a work stoppage at the company’s 12 Shaft operation in Rustenburg. The stoppage was limited to a small group of maintenance employees who had embarked on a strike relating to a pay issue.

Management confirms that operations in Rustenburg are unaffected, and it continues to engage with the union and employees to resolve the dispute.