Zondereinde strike: update 5

The management of Northam advises that the talks held at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday 15 November 2013 to resolve the current impasse between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the management of the Zondereinde division of the company were inconclusive.

The company’s offer of a 9% increase for core and 8% for non-core employees, and an 8% increase in the living out allowance, remains unchanged. This offer, made on 5 November, is inclusive of a 0.5% service increment.

The NUM’s demands remain as follows for category 2-8 employees (A and B band employees)

  • An increase for non-core employees of R2 000 on basic wages (equivalent to 22% - 42% at the lowest levels);
  • An increase for core employees of R2 100 on basic wages (equivalent to 23% - 43% at the lowest level);
  • The living out allowance to be increased by 69% from R2 200 to R3 718 monthly staggered in two tranches over six months.
  • No multi-year agreement.

Northam has indicated its willingness to continue with facilitated talks, and is encouraged by the NUM’s positive reaction to further discussions.

18 November 2013

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