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Northam shareholders asked to intervene

Num has appealed to shareholders at Northam to arbitrate in a strike over higher wages.

The NUM has appealed to shareholders at Northam Platinum to arbitrate in a strike over higher wages. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) has appealed to shareholders at the Northam Platinum mine in Limpopo to intervene in a week-long strike over higher wages.

More than 7,000 Num members embarked on industrial action this week after rejecting a 6.5 percent wage increase offer from management.

The union is demanding an increase of R2,100 and has refused to negotiate in percentages.

Chief negotiator Ecliff Tantsi said, "We appealing to Northam Platinum shareholders and their board to intervene in order to avoid a further restructuring of the company and provide leadership."

The dispute involves the workforce at Northam's Zondereinde operation which accounts for the vast majority of its annual production of 300,000 ounces a year.