Northam Platinum Limited: Zondereinde Division

The management of the Zondereinde division of Northam Platinum Limited advises that the annual wage negotiations with employee representative unions Solidarity and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) continued yesterday, 12 October and today, Thursday 13 October 2011.

These discussions were derailed when both the NUM and Solidarity formally declared disputes with regard to the negotiations for both semi-skilled (category 2 to 8) and skilled employee (category 9 and 10) bargaining units.

In the case of the semi-skilled (Category 2-8) employees , this dispute was declared after only one meeting, where the company tabled a 5.8% opening offer.

The NUM’s demands amount to the following:

  • An overall wage increase of 20%
  • A 94% increase in the living out allowance
  • A 483% increase in the allowance payable to hostel residents.

In the skilled employee category, the company’s offer for a two-year agreement stands at a 6.6% wage increase for year 1, and 6.8% for year 2. This is in response to the union’s demand for a 12% wage increase and a living out allowance increase of 58%.

Zondereinde general manager Danny Gonsalves said today, “ This is a disappointing outcome for everyone concerned. We would really not have expected a dispute after such a limited engagement process.”

Nevertheless management remains committed to a fair and equitable resolution to the 2011 wage discussions.The internal dispute procedures contained in the collective bargaining agreement will be utilised to try to resolve the issues before external third party intervention is sought.

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