Johannesburg, South Africa — 25 September 2012 – The Chamber of Mines of South Africa (CoM) has appointed a panel to drive discussion on how the country’s platinum industry can transform labour relations, including shifting to a system of centralised wage bargaining.
Miningmx reports that the panel consists of Meshack Ravuku, a senior figure at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), International Labour Organisation technical consultant Charles Nupen, and lawyer and now conflict resolution specialist Peter Harris.
An industry source said that the panel would also look at wage structures and the mining industry’s response to the socio-economic issues that provided an important underpin to the civic disorder that has characterised the platinum industry strikes this year.
Roger Baxter, who heads strategy and economics at the CoM, said that he could neither confirm nor deny the appointment of the panel.
Speaking to the press, Lonmin acting CEO Simon Scott said the company welcomed the opening of a conversation on centralised bargaining.
The company’s workers returned to work in high numbers following a settlement earlier last week to end a six-week unprotected strike.
“Government, unions and mining companies need to work together to ensure that bargaining arrangements are adhered to by all parties,” said Scott.
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