Miners accept Amplats offer - NUM

2012-11-14 20:10

Johannesburg - Striking mineworkers have accepted a new offer by Anglo American Platinum, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday.

Workers had agreed to a R4 500 once-off payment and a pre-tax, stand-alone allowance of R600 a month, said NUM Rustenburg co-ordinator Mxhasi Sithethi.

Workers were given the option of the R600 allowance or a salary increase of R400 a month.

Sithethi said the union would meet mine management on Thursday to formalise the agreement.

The company was offering workers deadline-driven incentives to return to work at its Rustenburg, Amandelbult and Union mines, where operations have been at a standstill for eight weeks over a pay increase demand.

Amplats said it would open next year's salary negotiations early, but any agreement would only apply from July.

It fired 12 000 striking workers from its Rustenburg operations, but said it would take them back on condition they arrived for work by certain dates, which has not happened.

The company initially gave workers until Monday to accept the R4 500 offer, then extended the deadline to Wednesday.

Mametlwe Sebei, a member of the miners' national strike committee - a group formed when workers expressed discontent over the NUM's representation of them in salary negotiations - said the company's increase offer was "a very important step forward".

"This is an actual increase, this is not just a go-back-to-work offer. It is constructive."

At the start of the strike, workers said they wanted a salary of R12 500 a month.

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-14 20:27

    Total bulls*** . These idiots should have been fired. Now what will happen next year when strike seasons starts?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-14 21:04

      What a country we live in where we even have a season for striking. Why must the long-road to negotiation always begin in a strike? There are major flaws in this whole collective bargaining process which need to be remedied ASAP.

  • Sello David - 2012-11-14 20:31

    ths ppl they deserve good salaries they work very hard and their life r in danger every day.ths mine bosses their pocketing millions every day but they give workers peanuts

      sk.vanderwhatever - 2012-11-14 20:43

      My Grade5,Mixit-crazy kid,can't even understand your statement.

      george.larkins.14 - 2012-11-14 21:19

      It is a persons own free will where he wants to work.Before employed, he is totally aware of what his wage will be.But,once employed they start demanding is if they were mistreated.What do you expect to get paid for unskilled labour.Get educated,show at least moral standards and behave like humans,not like animals.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-11-14 20:31

    Who does NUM represent there? Last time I checked they where in the minority (13%) and didn't quilify to be considered a legitimate representatives because they needed 50 1% threshold! The employer is negotioting in bad faith! R 12500 asijiki!!

      naas.scholtz - 2012-11-15 08:59

      R12500 is more than what engineers with 4 year BSc degree starts with, or teachers or scientists.... I think we should all go to work for the mines. They look very well after their workers, that is my experience.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-11-14 20:32

    Typical, NUM trying to claim credit, accept your days are NUMbered.

  • tshiamo.seipelo - 2012-11-14 20:36

    I hope 1 day Mountain will come to Mohammed. When we go to hearing we Xpect things clearly abt Greener pasture. Bt in this aticle I just hear abt the pressure the Mine put to the Workers.\r\n\r\nMay i dont knw the minimum Wave the Employer has to put 4 Economical support

  • freddie.mostert.3 - 2012-11-14 21:06

    May ALL the strikers get a cramp in their rectum right now! You were useless, you are useless and God forbid you will stay useless! The lot off you!

      peters.rapula - 2012-11-14 23:15

      if u often get a cramp in u rectum, dnt u ever think ded we all get it.and pls u ought to change if u belief ded u're son of God.

  • mzuvumile.g.mnqanqeni - 2012-11-14 21:12

    Thank you workers not Num which z showing desperation for credit. Workers are appreciated for their decision hence they need to look after their family we are in solidarity with them not Num which puppets of imperialist.

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-14 21:43

    Now how does this acceptance match up to the original claims? Can somebody tell us how much the miners have lost (illegal strike) and how long it will take them to recuperate the money they lost?

  • mosamedi.ephraim - 2012-11-14 22:13

    Majority of those who comment here are not even mineworkers and so leave the workers to engage on their own and not to try and toy with their lives.

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-11-15 13:01

      @mosame its called mentality, what do you expect from people that like exploiting others. I thought I should throw my vote to the DA, but negative, racist people like this lot, I says NO, so does a whole lot of other colored and blacks think. Who is they, barbarians, idiots, selfish pigs,animals. Is that the best you ungrateful lot have. We could have had a civil war you know, then you would have had nothing. So stop criticizing and say something nice for a change

  • dali.mpofu.9 - 2012-11-14 22:44

    This is good news for all of us.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-15 05:25

    Really or has NUM accepted and the miners know nothing about it and are gonna continue to creat job losses as well as investment losses in this country... SELFISH PIGS!

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-11-15 06:09

    Can these idiots not work out that they probably lost 10k in this strike . They can never make it up in 5 years.

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