Strike continues at Northam Platinum

2013-11-05 08:39

The wage strike at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine in Limpopo continued today, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.

“The strike continues, we are meeting management at 9am,” said NUM chief negotiator Ecliff Tantsi.

NUM members went on strike on Sunday, demanding an increase of R2100 for core workers, such as rock drill operators, and R2000 for non-core workers. The union also wanted the R2200 living out allowance increased to R3718.

The company offered 6.5% for non-core and seven percent for core workers.

The company said all stoping and development-related activities were suspended on Sunday night, when workers did not report for duty.

Stoping involves extracting ore from the rock, leaving a cavity called a stope.

“All other services to keep the mine functional are continuing, including ventilation, pumping, and smelting operations,” company spokeswoman Memory Johnstone said yesterday.

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