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JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared a wage dispute with Sibanye Stillwater Kroondaal operation after the wage negotiations deadlocked, NUM said in a statement.

NUM said on Monday that it was demanding R10 500 for category B and 15% for category A while the company was offering a mere 5.5% for category A and R750 category B. NUM has already secured a date for the CCMA facilitation on November 2, in Rustenburg.

NUM said their wage demand was R10 500 for the lowest paid and 15% for the highest paid employees, housing allowance of R5000 and housing subsidy R10 000 and 100% medical aid contribution by the employer.

 “We demand fully paid 35 days annual leave and 42 days sick leave and four months fully paid maternity leave.”

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“The NUM view the wage offer by Sibanye Stillwater as an insult because the lowest paid employees are currently earning R6 400,”said NUM.  

NUM further stated that they deplore dirty tactics and the arrogant attitude displayed by the company during the wage negotiations until they deadlocked. NUM remain unshakable on its demands and it would not and never accept Sibanye Stillwater insult wage increase of 5.5% and R750.

“Mineworkers continue to risk their lives deep below the surface of the earth to produce platinum, but they still earn poverty wages,” said NUM.

-BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE