Numsa accepts Amplats wage offer

2014-03-21 09:43

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has accepted Anglo American Platinum’s wage offer, the mining company has said.

“The offer, which was accepted in December 2013 by Numsa and the United Association of SA, will be applied to all employees in the Numsa bargaining unit,” spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said yesterday.

“The agreement stipulates the wages and other conditions of employment for operational employees for the period July 1 2013 to June 30 2015.”

This equated to wage increases of an 8.5% per annum increase for A to B2 employees, 8% for B3 to B7 employees and 7.5% for C to D1.

From year two, there would be an 8% increase for all employees.

Numsa could not be reached for comment.

In January, Numsa said it was planning to strike at Amplats.

In February, the metalworkers union reportedly called a strike at Amplats’s processing division.

Amplats chief executive Chris Griffith welcomed Numsa’s acceptance.

“We are delighted that Numsa has accepted our offer and realises that we have provided a fair and reasonable offer to our employees within our financial constraints,” he said.

“We would like to acknowledge the contribution and support of our stakeholders, the government, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration and Numsa for all working together to enable us to settle this wage agreement.”

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) strike at the mine, and other platinum producers, began on January 23. Workers demanded a minimum monthly salary of R12 500.

The mining companies offered staggered increases of 7% to 9% over the next three years.

Earlier this month, Amcu said it had revised its demand and that the R12 500 minimum monthly salary could now be achieved over three years.

However, the companies rejected Amcu’s revised demand.

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