Johannesburg - Wage talks between the Zondereinde platinum mine in Limpopo and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will continue this week, the mine's owners said on Monday.
Talks would take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Northam platinum mining said in a statement.
This followed discussions between the parties on Friday under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA).
The NUM applied for and was issued a certificate of non-resolution by the CCMA.
The company proposed a two-year agreement, where the first year would see wages increase by between six and 7.5 percent.
Wage increases for the second year would either be between 5.5
percent and seven percent, or equal to the consumer price index plus one percent, depending which was higher.
The NUM rejected the proposal, demanding instead a single-year agreement.
They also demanded a distinction between core and non-core employees, a R2000 wage increase for non-core employees and a R2100 wage increase for core employees.
This equalled increases of between 22 and 40 percent at the lowest levels for non-core employees and 23 to 43 percent for core employees.
The NUM also demanded the living out allowance be increased by 69 percent from R2200 to R3718 a month.
Northam general manager Danny Gonsalves said that given Zondereinde's narrow cash operating margin, he was encouraged that the company and the NUM had agreed to further talks. - Sapa