Num warns of uncontrollable strike

The union vowed to help miners get a basic salary of R16,000, now that they've returned to work.

Amplats workers marched for better wages on 5 October 2012, in Rustenburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As thousands of miners in the North West ended their two-month long wage strike, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) has pledged to help them get a basic salary of R16,000 a month.

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) workers started reporting for duty from Thursday, after accepting management's a R4,500 once-off payment and a R400 wage hike.

But workers say they only accepted the agreement on condition that talks on their original wage demands continue.

On Thursday, strike leader Godfrey Lindani warned that if management did not negotiate for a decent basic wage, next year's strike would be uncontrollable.

"We need more money next year."

Num spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said they fully supported the workers' demands.

It is still not clear if Amplats employees will call on the unions to facilitate the next round of negotiations, or continue to rely on the strike committees.