Zondereinde situation: update 3

Johannesburg, Thursday 7 November 2013. The management of the Zondereinde division of Northam has been advised by the NUM that the strike at the mine will continue, following the union’s rejection of the wage offer made by the company on Tuesday 5 November, for category 2 to 8 employees.

The improved two year offer includes increases ranging from 8.0% to 9.0% inclusive of the 0.5% service increment for both the first and second years, or CPI plus 1% whichever is the higher in year two. The previous offers tabled ranged from 7.0% and 8.0% for the first year, and between 7.0% and 7.5% for year 2, or CPI+1%, whichever is the higher.

In addition, the company is proposing an increase of 8.0% on the current living out allowance of R2 200 for both years.

This is the third time the company has improved its offer; to date, the NUM has not moved on its demands.

The NUM’s demands remain as follows:

  • Distinction between core (production employees) and non-core employees;
  • The demand for non-core employees is an increase of R2 000 on basic wages (equivalent to 22% - 42% at the lowest levels);
  • The demand for core employees is an increase 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;
  • No multi-year agreement.

Management at Zondereinde has indicated that it is willing to have further discussions in an attempt to resolve the current impasse.

Issued by
Russell & Associates
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