South African platinum miner Northam Platinum Limited has responded to yesterday’s rejection by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of its latest pay offer with an immediate willingness to meet for further talks in an effort to resolve the issue.

Johannesburg, South Africa — 08 November 2013

South African platinum miner Northam Platinum Limited has responded to yesterday’s rejection by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of its latest pay offer with an immediate willingness to meet for further talks in an effort to resolve the issue.

Fin24 reports that a company statement released here said: “The management of the Zondereinde division of Northam has been advised by the NUM that the strike at the mine will continue. Management has indicated that it is willing to have further discussions in an attempt to resolve the current impasse.”

Earlier yesterday, the NUM rejected Northam’s revised wage offer.

The company offered non-core category two to eight employees 7.5% increases, and core employees in the same categories 8.5% increases, said chief negotiator Ecliff Tantsi. In categories nine and 10, the company revised its offer to 7% for non-core workers and 7.5% for core workers, and the living out allowance to 7%, he said. The company was proposing a two-year wage agreement.

The NUM negotiating team met union leaders on Wednesday to brief them about the offer, and met its members at Northam Platinum yesterday. They unanimously opposed the offer.

“Our members are opposed to percentage-driven increases and are in favour of quantum- driven increases,” said Tantsi.

“Workers are further opposed to a two-year wage agreement with the company. Our members are further demanding that the employer must respond to the demands that are presented by the workers,” he added.

Workers were prepared to listen to a staggered offer if the company could not meet its demand for a R2 100 increase for core workers and a R2 000 increase for non-core workers.

“Our members are also opposed to the implementation date of the wage agreement from August 1 that the company is offering, and are in favour of July 1,” said Tantsi. “Our members have warned that it is non-negotiable.”

He reiterated that  the union was open to further negotiations, but warned that the strike at the company’s Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo, which began on Sunday, would continue. Caption, Pic 1: Northam Platinum Mines ‒ ready for further talks with striking miners.

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