Implats pay hikes to kick in on Monday

2012-09-28 07:38

Johannesburg - World no. 2 platinum producer Impala Platinum Holdings [JSE:IMP] said on Friday pay hikes it had offered to workers to avert looming strike action would take effect from Monday.

"The overriding imperative for all stakeholders should be to ensure peace, stability and order and in so doing create an environment for safe production. The wage adjustment supports this imperative," chief executive Terence Goodlace said in a statement.

Another strike was averted after workers accepted a pay agreement on Thursday.

"We are not going on strike, the mine has agreed to adjust our pay with effect from October 1," said Khayelethu Mzimeli, chairperson of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at Impala.

He said workers would be given letters on Friday indicating how their salary had been adjusted.

"You will receive a letter on the adjustment. We want you to be happy during the festive season," he said to the applause of the crowd.

"Amcu will not go on an illegal strike; if we have to go on a strike we will follow all relevant channels."

He said workers would see the exact figures on Friday.

"Good news is that no worker will earn less than R6 000."

Mzimeli said workers initially demanded a pay rise of 10% not to go on strike.

In February, workers at the mine went on a strike demanding a minimum monthly salary of R9 000.

Their salary was increased by 10%.

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  • sfuty - 2012-09-28 08:16

    job well done by management and interim workers committee to the dismay of Malema...

      oratile.lobelo.5 - 2012-10-13 13:53

      No more num at striek, re bone gore num ebatla go re bona re strikele.ha re strieka re ya sa molao.

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-28 08:34

    The power of the people, \r\n\r\nMiners 2 - 0 Capitalists

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-09-28 09:03

    The mightiest miners union of all time, the UK NUM, was crushed and has never stood up again, by an iron lady called Margaret Thatcher in 1984. The unions had become so powerful that it was better to close the mines and lay off the workers, than to be held ransom year after year by the unreasonable workers. Perhaps our workers should consider that these 'wins' they are achieving may one day do the same. Already many potential investors are preferring to go for easier mining opportunities in countries with a less militant and more productive workforce, and less threat of nationalisation. Of course companies already in SA with large infrastructural investments cannot just leave overnight, but when it comes time for expansion and redevelopment, they may look elsewhere. Many SA mining companies have already done that (Harmony; Angogold). I wonder if the triumphant strikers will have the insight to make the link one day when the investment has dried up, and the mining jobs along with it?

      victoria.kennedy.3532 - 2012-09-28 09:22

      @gwilym - brilliant point well made! If i were a mining company I would simply close down the mine until the end of the year, then hire new people to do the job. Plus fire all those striking illegally. There are so many people who want jobs and are skilled enough to do it. So fire the whole lot of destructive miners - maybe next time they will think before they act. The problem in this country is that there are no consequence for your actions. Our president is a criminal - what message does that send out? "it does pay to do crime - criminals here are rewarded handsomely for crime". This is why nothing will ever work here - no consequence for actions and no accountability is ever taken

      jacques.smit - 2012-09-28 09:22

      That's the problem with our greedy South african Mindset.. The mines and other companies WILL fail under nationalisation. Look at Eskom, SAA to name a few.. The people trying to bleed the mines dry. I'm not saying people should be used like slaves, and fair salaries should be paid, but seriously, these requests are mad, and its a yearly thing! We need a law that increases cant go over inflation. I know qualified people earning less than what these people want, people with university degrees...

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-28 11:49

      Hehehe sounds like fairy-tale dreams to me.mining is not like cooking food and spill it when you feel like.Closing down a mine has financial implications and lots of paperwork as well as other pressures that you are too stupid to understand guys.You are begining to think like kindergarten children now.

  • karabo.moeng.73 - 2012-09-28 15:17

    is anglo not seeing this, to avoid unrest but they blv in chaos

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