numsaThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has indicated that wage negotiations with three mining contracting companies, namely Triple M, Reagetswe, and Newrak, were now set to get underway after its strike was called off.

At least four thousand members affiliated to the union embarked on protest action last Monday to voice their grievances on a number of issues relating contract workers at Impala Platinum (Implats) and the disparity of earnings between employees. Numsa said it met with its members who are employed by the three mining contractors on Monday. Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola stated: “Our members agreed to suspend the strike at Newrak to allow for talks between the employer and the union to resolve these issues. We will be meeting with Newrak on Tuesday the 28th of June. If these talks fail and we do not find each other, we have the right to continue with the strike. The strike at Reagetswe and Triple M has been interdicted and therefore strikes at both these companies have been suspended as well and workers have returned to work.” She went on to indicate: “This week Numsa will be approaching the CCMA head office in Johannesburg to enforce the labour court order, ordering it to conduct verification at Reagetswe.” She said the issue of organisational rights was a “burning issue” and it was the main reason its members went on strike. Hlubi-Majola also said the pay gap between permanent employees and contract workers was huge, and Numsa was determined to fight to eradicate this “neo-Apartheid wage gap created by Implats.”

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