Thabazimbi “’ one
of the Kumba mines
to be affected by
the strike
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 30 September 2010 – Kumba Iron Ore “’ a unit of global mining giant Anglo American “’ says a planned strike by its workers will not have a significant effect on the company’s production because it has sufficient iron ore stockpiles.

The company said the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents workers at its Kolomela, Thabazimbi and Sishen mines, has given notice of starting a protected strike as early as Sunday.

“The strike is not expected to impact production significantly, and the company also has sufficient iron ore stockpiles to maintain its normal delivery schedule,” a Kumba spokesman said in a statement.

The NUM said on Monday that over 6 000 workers at Kumba would go on strike after rejecting the company’s wage rise offer of between 7 and 9.5% on a two-year deal, depending on the worker’s category. The NUM is demanding pay rises of between 7.5 and 10% on a one-year deal.

Kumba “’ the world’s 10th-largest iron ore producer “’ claims that the NUM represents 2 670 members at the three units.