Platinum wage deal not signed and sealed – Implats

2014-06-16 11:27

Platinum producers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) are yet to sign a wage agreement set to bring to an end one of the longest strikes in the country’s mining history.

“We haven’t signed an agreement with Amcu but are in contact with them and are hopeful to reach an agreement soon,” Impala Platinum (Implats) spokesperson Johan Theron said.

The New Age reported today that workers were expected to return to work tomorrow after Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa was allegedly forced by shop stewards to accept the wage deal.

Amcu members at Implats, Anglo American Platinum and Lonmin went on strike on January 23 for a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

Platinum producers proposed to increase the salary of the lowest-paid workers by R1 000 for two years and R950 in the third year. This excluded other benefits. The salaries of officials, artisans and miners would increase by 8% in the first year and by 7.5% for the remaining two years.

The proposed settlement was for three years.

Living-out allowances would not be increased for the duration of the settlement. Pension fund contributions, overtime, holiday leave and shift allowances would be increased annually based on the consumer price index (CPI). The companies also promised to pay workers backpay within seven working days of them returning to work. The backpay was for the period prior to the strike.

Mathunjwa and Charmane Russell, for the producers, could not be reached for comment.

Amcu treasurer Jimmy Gama and Bishop Jo Seoka, who has been involved in the talks, could also not be reached.

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