Johannesburg, South Africa — 12 June 2009 – The largest mining union in South Africa – National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) – has rejected a 6% salary increase offer by Anglo Platinum – the world’s number one platinum producer. The union had proposed a 15% increase.
In a statement released here, the NUM also demanded that the minimum wage for surface workers be moved to R4 200 and that underground workers be paid R4 500. Anglo Platinum had responded to an earlier demand by moving the minimum wages for underground workers to R4 400 and for surface workers to R4 000.
The union – which represents 31 000 workers at Anglo Platinum – further demanded that maternity leave be extended to six months with pay, and that the company phase out labour brokers.
“We appreciate the small moves that Anglo Platinum has made, and look forward to further moves” said NUM deputy general secretary Oupa Komane, who also negotiates at Anglo Platinum.
The next round of negotiations is scheduled to take place on the 25th and 26th of June.