NUM chief negotiator in the platinum belt William Mabapa said the union had demanded Amplats hike monthly wages by R1500, or 15percent, whichever was greater. “We think our demands are reasonable. Through the demands we are not giving our members false hope,” he said.
Mabapa added that the union was calling for platinum mines to change their approach towards accommodation benefits through combining the living-out allowance and housing allowance.
“We must have a single housing allowance across the board. Every mineworker should own a house. Currently, low-paid employees do not qualify for bank loans for their homes,” added Mabapa.
At Amplats, the union had asked that the combined living-out allowance and housing allowance be capped at R7000 a month. It also wants a 100percent medical aid allowance for main members and 50percent for dependants.