Impala meets unions at Marula

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Johannesburg - Impala Platinum is meeting trade unions at its Marula mine outside Burgersfort in Limpopo over organisational issues, the company said on Tuesday.

“We have over the last week met with representatives from both the NUM and Amcu at the Marula mine to discuss various issues including recognition and organisational rights,” said spokeswoman Alice Lourens.

“This follows on the unprotected strike action which concluded when employees reported for duty on July 8. Our engagements are ongoing,” she said.

About 2000 workers went on an unprotected strike on July 4, apparently demanding that the wage settlement reached in the North West platinum belt be extended to them.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is the majority union at Marula, and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was fighting for recognition at the mine.

Amcu's regional secretary Ntshebele Mankge said the union would meet its members of Wednesday to brief them.

“There are some developments following meetings with management. We want to brief our members first before we go public in the media,” he said.

On Monday the SABC reported that Amcu called off its planned strike at the mine after it had secured a meeting with mine management.

The union wanted recognition at the platinum mine, claiming it had met the required threshold for organisation rights.

NUM chairman in the North-East region Phillip Vilakazi said there was too much politics involved at Marula and declined to comment further.

The unprotected strike at Marula mine came a week after Amcu signed a wage settlement ending a five-month-long strike in the North West platinum belt.

Amcu members at Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum, and Impala Platinum operations in Rustenburg went on strike on January 23

demanding a minimum monthly salary of R12,500.

They have agreed on a three-year wage deal.

In terms of the agreement, the salary of the lowest paid worker will increase by R1000 in the first two years and R950 in the third year.

Marula mine was not affected by the strike because the majority union there, the NUM, signed a wage deal last year. - Sapa


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