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NUM accepts wage offer at Anglo Platinum

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Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 15 September 2009 – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ South Africa’s biggest mineworkers’ union “’ has announced that its members at Anglo Platinum “’ the world’s top producer of the metal “’ have agreed to a one-year wage deal, averting a possible strike.

“But the workers rejected a proposal by the company for the wage settlement to cover a two-year period, which means the union and Anglo Platinum will have to negotiate a new deal next year.” NUM deputy general secretary Oupa Komane told Reuters.

“Workers have accepted the company’s offer for the first year, but they don’t want a two-year deal,” said Komane, who is also the head negotiator for the union at Anglo Platinum Asked if this meant there would be no strike, Komane said: “yes, there will be no strike, no strike is planned.”

Komane explained that the workers felt they could get a better deal at negotiations next year, with the hope that the price of the precious metal would have improved from its current levels.

“The next step is to engage the company about this decision and to sign the one-year deal,” Komane said.

“We, the leaders of the union and the company favoured a two-year deal, but our union is democratic and the workers have spoken, so we have to go with that.” The wage deal is with effect from July 1, 2009.

Angloplats officials were unavailable to comment.

Anglo Platinum “’ a unit of global miner Anglo American Plc “’ had offered increases of between 9 and 10% for different categories of workers for the first year, and between 7.5 and 8% in the second year, plus other allowances. The union represents about 30 000 workers at Anglo Platinum, which has a total of about 60 000 workers.

More than 20 000 workers at Impala Platinum resumed work last Monday, but the company said it had lost 50 000 ounces of platinum during the two-week strike.