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Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared a wage dispute at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kroondaal operation after wage negotiations there deadlocked.  

The union says it has already secured a date for the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) facilitation on 2 November 2017 in Rustenburg.  The NUM said in a statement that the producer had only offered about a third of the wage lift it wanted for category A employees, while there was also a wide difference between the demand and offer for category B employees.  The NUM is demanding R10,500 for the lowest paid employees and 15% for the highest paid employees.  Its other demands relate to a living out allowance, medical aid, leave days and maternity leave.  Kroondal, which was formerly owned by Aquarius Platinum until it was bought by Sibanye-Stillwater in 2016, last settled wages three years ago when it agreed an average increase slightly above the increase in the cost of living as measured by the consumer price index (which was about 6.7% at the time).

  • Read this report by David McKay in full at Miningmx
  • Read the NUM’s press statement, in which its demands are detailed, at NUM online

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