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numBusiness Report writes that three months into the wage talks, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has backed down on its 25% wage demand at Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat).  

Geoffrey Moatshe, NUM Rustenburg regional chairperson, said on Friday that the union was prepared to settle for a 10% rise, after initially requesting a 25% increase in wages across the board.  Moatshe said that the company had offered to sign a five-year agreement with increases of between 6% and 7% in the five years, instead of the union's proposed three-year agreement.  “We met with management this week and will be relegating the issues to a smaller group of negotiators.  We are trying to reach a middle ground,” said Moatshe.  RBPlat has offered to increase salaries by R950 a month in the first year, R1,000 in the second and third years, R1,100 in the fourth year and R1,150 in the fifth year.  The union has separately demanded that the company hike the housing allowance to R12,500 a month, while the company has offered living out allowances of 0% to 5.5% over the five-year period.  The NUM has a closed shop with RBPlat and is the majority union with 6,000 members.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Dineo Faku at Business Report

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