NUM mineworkers to strike over wages

By Drum Digital
14 March 2012

The Modikwa platinum mine in Burgersfort, Limpopo, has been served with a strike notice.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday workers would officially down tools at 6am on Thursday and would continue the strike until their pay demands were met

Spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said the union was demanding a 12 percent wage hike while the company was offering "9.5 percent for the A band (the lowest paid workers), 8.75 percent for the B band and 8.5 percent for the C band (highest paid workers)".

Modikwa general manager Mandla Nxumalo declined to confirm the notice.

"We will not be commenting on that," he said.

The mine is a joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals and Anglo Platinum.

In a statement, Seshoka said other conditions of service were also in dispute.

These included issues of the minimum wage, the living out allowance, equalisation of bonus, housing, and medical subsidies.

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