Northam platinum
mine “’ strike in
its fifth week
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 06 October 2010 – South Africa’s biggest mining trade union “’National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ says it is taking Northam platinum mine’s improved wage offer to its members for a decision on whether its five-week strike will end.

The union has confirmed that Northam Platinum has made an improved wage offer, which it was taking to its members. NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka, while unwilling to share the details of the improved offer, did say that talks had been held with the company. “These talks resulted in an improved offer,” he added.

Until now talks between the parties have remained deadlocked with the trade union demanding a 12% increase in pay, while the company offered 8.5%. Workers were also demanding a living out allowance of R3 500 while the company was willing to go up to R1 700.

The strike, by more than 8 000 mineworkers at the platinum producer’s Zondereinde mine near Thabazimbi, is now in its fifth week. Northam has confirmed that it is losing 1 000 ounces of production a day. This means that the company has lost around 20 000 ounces of production to the strike so far.