Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 07 July 2010 – South Africa’s biggest mining trade union “’ the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ says it will stick to its 15% pay rise demand in mediation talks with Impala Platinum “’ the world’s second-biggest platinum producer “’ next week, but adds that it wants a quick end to the dispute.
The NUM “’ which represents 24 000 out of Implats’ more than 30 000 workers “’ said it would not accept a 7.2% wage rise offer by the platinum producer, after talks for improved wages ended in a deadlock three weeks ago, before the matter was referred to mediation.
“Mediation is the last option before we consider a strike, but that’s not where we want to go, we want to achieve an agreement. Impala must move up because our demand remains at 15%,” said NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka. “We would like to see a resolution quickly.”
Impala spokesperson Bob Gilmour declined to comment.
Impala “’ the supplier of a quarter of the world’s platinum “’ said it had lost 50 000 oz during a pay strike at its mines in South Africa last year. The workers, who had been holding out for a 14% raise, then accepted the Implats offer of a 10% pay increase.