The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has said that it will march at Northam Platinum mine in the Limpopo province of |South Africa, following the emergence of a deadlock in wage negotiations.

Fin24 quotes chief negotiator Ecliff  Tantsi as saying that the march will continue today as planned. He said the march would start at the Zondereinde mine at 010 am.

“The NUM is still open for further negotiations with the company and we would be on stand- by 24-hours.”

NUM members went on strike last Sunday, demanding an increase of R2 100 for core workers such as rock drill operators, and R2 000 for non-core workers. The union rejected a revised wage offer by Northam Platinum last Thursday.

The company had tabled a revised offer proposing 7.5% increases for non-core category two to eight employees, and 8.5% increases core employees in the same categories.

In categories nine and 10, the company had revised its offer to 7% for non-core workers and 7.5% for core workers, and the living out allowance to 7%. It was proposing a two-year wage agreement.

Tantsi said the workers were opposed to a two-year wage agreement. “Our members are further demanding that the employer must respond to the demands that are presented by the workers.”

He said workers were prepared to consider 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,” Tantsi added.
“Our members have warned that it is non-negotiable.”

Northam Platinum said it was ready for further talks with the NUM after the union had rejected its latest pay offer.

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

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Picture: Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine ‒ the strike continues.