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New wage demands at Implats

Johannesburg, South Africa — 11 September 2012 – Impala Platinum, the world’s second-largest platinum producer, has confirmed that it has received fresh wage demands from mineworkers who already were allocated increases in April this year.

The miners are represented by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), reports Business Day BDLive.

Implats spokesman Bob Gilmour said the mineworkers wanted wage increases of 10% for category A workers, 9% for those in category B and 8% for category C workers. Those increases had originally been due to take effect in July this year under a two-year wage agreement now in place, but were moved forward to April after a strike.

“The demand relates to the reinstatement of the July 1 increase — as per our wage agreement — which was implemented in April as part of the post-strike settlement,” Gilmour added.

NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka was adamant the company still needed to abide by the two-year wage agreement, saying the April increase was “a new one, and was not part of the initial wage agreement. We are still sticking to our wage agreement,” he added.

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