Strike ends at Northam Platinum mine

2015-01-20 19:50

An unprotected strike at Northern Platinum's Zondereinde mine in Limpopo has ended, says the National Union of Mineworkers.

"NUM members at Northam Platinum ended a six-day strike today after they accepted a draft memorandum of understanding developed by the NUM and Northam Platinum management," said Ecliff Tantsi, NUM chief negotiator at the company.

NUM members downed tools on January 13, claiming the company was flouting policies.

"Management wanted to unilaterally change sick note and recruitment policies. They attempted to discipline workers who had valid sick notes and force them to work while they are injured or sick," said Tantsi.

He said in terms of the memorandum reached with the company last night, all striking employees had to return to work tomorrow, starting with today's night shift.

Both parties appealed for peace and industrial relations stability, he said.

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