Miners start wage strike at Northam

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday its members at Northam Platinum Mine had started a wage strike following a dispute with management.

Northam has offered workers an 8% increase in a two-year deal. The NUM is demanding a 15% wage rise.

The NUM says it represents over 8 000 miners out of Northam’s 8 600 total workforce. Northam said the union represents 80% of the workers.

“The strike has already begun, but we will know later whether it will be the entire membership involved,” Lesiba Seshoka, a union spokesperson, said.

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