Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 24 August 2009 – The world’s No. 2 platinum producer, Impala Platinum, says its operations are running normally a day after South Africa’s biggest mineworkers’ union said it had suspended a strike after securing an improved wage offer
Implats said its mines and smelters were running normally. “Everything is normal. It is a normal working day. I would guess the workers will accept the new offer,” said Implats spokesman Bob Gilmour.
Yesterday the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it had suspended the strike after a breakthrough in talks that ran from Saturday into the early hours of the morning. The union said today that it would call off the strike completely if its members backed the new deal. The union would get its members’ verdict on the new offer later today.
Implats and the NUM were trying to agree on a pay increase, as well as the duration of the new deal. The latest Implats offer met the union’s two key demands, handing it a one-year wage agreement, with a pay rise of 10 percent for all workers.
“We have no strike action today,” said the NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka. “Officially the NUM has suspended the strike, but we have not called it off. We’ll call it off completely as soon as we get our members’ mandate to accept the new wage deal.”
Another round of wage talks between the NUM and Anglo American Plc’s Anglo Platinum unit “’ the world’s biggest platinum producer “’ is due to be held this week. There has been no specific threat of a strike from the union there.