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NUM seeks 60% hike at Implats

The NUM general secretary Frans Baleni says Impala management hasn’t set a date for talks.

FILE: The NUM's Frans Baleni. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is seeking similar wage hikes from Impala Platinum to demands submitted to gold mining houses in May.

The union wants various gold producers to offer underground workers a 60 percent increase on current wages.

It now wants the same pay hike for members at mines in Limpopo and Springs on Gauteng's East Rand.

The NUM general secretary Frans Baleni says Impala management hasn't set a date for the first round of negotiations.

"There has been a delay on Impala's side to come up with a date for the parties [to meet]. They are not going to respond to a letter, we have to sit down and motivate each and every demand."

Last month, Implats confirmed the NUM had less than 10 percent representation among unionised members.

This after most miners defected to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in 2012.

The NUM represented 70 percent of unionised workers at Implats before a strike in Rustenburg last year.

Some 17,000 people were fired and rehired.

Wednesday's announcement comes just a day after the Chamber of Mines said it was preparing for a tough round of negotiations in the troubled sector.

Amcu tabled a minimum wage demand of R12,500 on Tuesday.

The lowest paid worker in the sector currently earns about R5,000.

There has been a wave of wage strikes in the industry over the past year, which has highlighted the poor living and working conditions of miners.

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