Implats mulling over workers' demands

2012-09-11 13:31

Johannesburg - Mine management would consider the demands of a group of workers who want a second pay hike in six months, Impala Platinum Holdings [JSE:IMP] said on Tuesday.

"Our overriding imperative in this process is to ensure peace, order and stability. We believe that current tensions are an issue for the entire industry," chief executive Terence Goodlace said in a statement.

The company met the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union-aligned Interim Workers Committee (IWC) on Monday to discuss its demands.

At the end of April, the company introduced a wage increase which formed part of the settlement following a strike at the mine, which ended at the beginning of March.

The increase was meant to come into effect in June, but was brought forward as a goodwill gesture.

"...The IWC has now demanded that the company implement the same increase again, for the second year of the 2011/12 wage agreement."

This meant that the workers wanted a second pay rise in six months.

Recent tensions in the industry had placed profit margins under severe pressure, which had implications for everyone involved.

"We are therefore actively engaging all stakeholders at the highest level, as a sustainable solution can only be delivered through the collaborative efforts of all parties, at all levels," Goodlace said.

The company offered to conduct a wage review to ensure that the IWC's concerns were considered and discussed in detail.

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  • osmaseko - 2012-09-11 13:36

    Lonmin can learn a thing or two...! Ohhh I forgot they are from London #SMH#

      maree.cassie - 2012-09-11 13:43

      haha, the wording has fooled you!!! Consider!! Never said they'd do it!!

      ChrisGRoyle - 2012-09-11 13:45

      Lonmin could learn to deal with employees and unions who are prepared to sit down and negotiate.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-09-11 13:50

      I'm not sure what you mean by that? They are from London investing money in our country and giving South African citizens work. If the striking continues and the mines become ungovernable like Juju wants, overseas investment in South Africa will dry up and then we'll have serious problems. There are far bigger issues at stake here and neither Government or the unions or Juju seem to give a hoot.

      rsole.sole - 2012-09-11 14:14

      Fire the lot of them and hire people who actualy want to work for a living and not just expect handouts.

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-09-11 14:15

      Some Afrikaners need a lesson in Economics! What a fallacy! "if they leave, dry up" That's a load of crap. Supply and demand China. Europe and America depend on our precious metals in their automobile and jewelry industry to name a few. Investors aren't charitable organizations, they look for ways to derive maximum profit by EXPLOITING means of production, such as labor. Unless you think government gonna recruit miners from North America, Britain and Australia then you dumber than I thought.

      derek.gunter.946 - 2012-09-11 14:38

      Nice! They stop working for more money... When I stop working I have no money. I demand too! Viva R12500, I will not work until I get that! Where's my union? Where's my Julius? Where's my money? Oh man I forgot! I'm a whitey laaitie! So there's no job for me, no Julius and no union, no government representation and no care... Man it sucks to be white right now! Even Ronald says I control the mines but here I am with no money, no job... The police don't want to shoot at me and the media doesn't write about me everyday until readers get sick of it. It's all the boere's fault and Zuma's fault! Where's my R12500? Viva R12500! I will not work until I get R12500 Viva! They must pay and pay but I will not work! Viva! Panga! Machete! Knobkerrie!

      derek.gunter.946 - 2012-09-11 14:44

      Alicia it's called Marxism! Politicians tell workers that their conditions are horrid in order to mobilise them. It all goes Animal Farm (George Orwell) from there on. BTW. Fact: SACP (ally to ANC) was the first communist party formed outside of Russia. - 2012-09-11 15:13

      @ Thanduxolo - If you think the "westerners" are beign difficult, wait until you have a Chinese master... It will make the current situation look like Utopia. All you have to do is look further north to Zambia and the copper mines where they are trying to get rid of the Chinese bosses who pay next to nothing and demand long hours...

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-11 13:39

    2nd Pay hike in six months? No, not on.

  • justice.league.9469 - 2012-09-11 13:44

    Once you give in to their demands there is no stopping ahead. Who is to say they wont strike again 6 or 3 months after the latest pay raise. Have to make a stand sometime.

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-09-11 13:45

    If you not getting enough, then strike. Legally...

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-11 13:46

    Greed is their lifestyle.

  • Leonard Mokgotlhwe - 2012-09-11 13:51

    pay them to avoid strike and prepare for third pay hike

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-11 14:19

      Nice 'n easy solution, Leonard. However - do you think the mine's ability to meet ever-increasing demands is unlimited?

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-11 14:16

    Amandla!! Now the imperialists has no where to hide! We need to squeeze them until they know that the mineral wealth beneath the soil of this country belong to us! It is our time to eat!

      dean.polley.3 - 2012-09-11 14:28

      And without the financial investment of the imperialists, the knowledge, experience and expertise required to remove the wealth beneath the soil and give it value to the outside world, what you are you going to do? Intimidate it out of the ground with sticks, spears and pangas? Or some powerful muti?Thank God for the imperialists!

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-11 14:35

      Absolutely, Dean. The problem with some of these cliche-filled brains is that there is nothing left to think with.

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-09-11 14:39

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Phumi.. Ha ha ha! - 2012-09-11 15:15

      It looks like you've been eating too much. Look further north. Nowhere else are the indigenous populations so well fed as in South Africa.

  • kuvha.tshilamatanda - 2012-09-11 14:19

    pressure is mounting to the mining industry everyone could feel it!

  • jay.ramodiana - 2012-09-11 14:24

    Lonmin platinum can learn a thing or two from Implats Platinum I think seating down with your employees explain the issues the company is facing explaining the sitution and re assuring them that you will look into the matter is better than saying you don't know why workers are striking threating them you will fire them. Lack of communication at Lonmin platinum. I think Implats should give them that 10 percent to avoid futher stoppage and if Lonmin give in agree to that R12 500 I see trouble cause all platinum mine workers will demand R12 500 and Implats will be in a safe place the is no way they workers can ask for R12 500 because they got two increase in a period of 7 months and think mines should also low down on tax and other deduction cause that seem to be the part of the problem for example Implats RDOs they package is R10.000 after deduction they left with R7000-R78000 which is not bad

      henry.kruger.520 - 2012-09-11 15:01

      Tell me sir. Who is paying the taxes here? The Tax deducted is for Government. (Place called SARS) That's the place that takes the TAX money and then the Politicians decide how much of the pie will be spread between themselves before rest is spent on government employees. Did you see how many there are, pity they don't do the job.) Do you pay tax?

      jay.ramodiana - 2012-09-11 15:41

      Yes Sir I pay tax but mines pay tax annual (for the whole year) imagine earning R7500 and you pay tax of R1800 does that make sense I'm not making this up its a true. Mines tax is too much

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-11 14:27

    Way to go Terence, showing respect to your workers.Impala Plat has always been pro-active when it comes to the matters of its employees even during the era of David Brown.Managers need to listen and engage its staff we not saying budge in to every demand but at least show that you care and you hear their cries - dont treat your staff like children they are adults.People skills is essential for top management

  • Teuneman - 2012-09-11 14:34

    Don't do that, if you do stuff like this these people will keep thinking if they demand, they get.

  • africanwolf - 2012-09-11 15:12

    I see this strike from another angle I have a feeling that it has been orchestrated between mine owners and unions to push platinum price up just my opinion.

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-11 15:33

      I see your reasoning, but I wonder - there is a surplus of a year's supply on the international market, the producers' profit margins are under severe pressure and the actual demand for the product is falling due to the worldwide economic slowdown - conditions are right for an approach of "tighten the belts, there's a bumpy ride ahead to be survived" rather than "Yahoo! Let's risk all and ride the roller coaster!" Methinks, due partly to the fact that many strikers arrested were not Lonmin employees, partly to the fact that Malema is popping up everywhere stoking unrest and partly to the murkiness of the situation, to name but a few, that the cause is political unrest sparked in a dangerous powder keg.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-11 15:32

    Now they had better explain to them the meaning of CONSIDER I see a huge problem coming in 6 months time.

  • jay.ramodiana - 2012-09-11 16:14

    I agree mine workers should get a reasonable salary they risk they lives daily but Julius Malema he is adding fuel into this sitution and he is dragging us and our country into poverty

  • gail.allanlutz - 2012-09-12 12:44

    So each time someone feels dissatisfied, they get to down tool and demand an increase... COME ON! Do our people not realise that in order to give the demanded increases, others will have to lose their jobs! If this continues the Mines will not be able to function and will close down one by one by one. Each sector has its 'month' for striking in this country which is timed around wage negotiations, who the hell gave them the go ahead for a second strile in six month? ..oh cry the beloved country!....

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