Northam responds to NUM dispute

Johannesburg, 12 July 2011. The management of the Zondereinde division of Northam Platinum Limited (Northam) confirms that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared a dispute with the company.

Management denies that it has refused to bargain with the NUM for those grades where it is representative and has the majority. Management invites the union to honour its agreement and to approach the negotiations without pre-conditions in the bargaining units where they have a majority.

In terms of the existing recognition agreement, which dates back to 2003, NUM requires representivity of 33 ?% in each bargaining unit in order to negotiate on its behalf. This threshold has not been reached in the two additional bargaining units NUM now claims to represent.

Zondereinde management regards this unilateral implementation of a change to the existing agreement between the parties as a fundamental breach of the entire agreement.

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