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Mineworkers reject Implats wage offer

Lesiba Seshoka,
NUM spokesman
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 26 August 2009 – South Africa’s biggest mineworkers’ union “’National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ has confirmed that its members have rejected the latest wage offer from Impala Platinum (Implats), and are demanding a higher wage rise plus housing and transport pay.

Implats “’ the world’s No. 2 producer of the metal “’ is already experiencing the strike, which seems destined to spread to more than 20 000 workers at the company’s main mine. Earlier today, Implats spokesman Bob Gilmour confirmed that the strike at the company’s largest operations in the country was underway, with about 20 000 workers involved.

On Sunday, Implats offered a one-year wage agreement with a 10% pay increase for all workers.

“They have rejected the offer,” NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka told Reuters. “They want the wage deal to include transport and housing allowances, and they also want a pay rise of 13%.”

Seshoka said union and Implats officials were currently meeting over the pay dispute.