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NUM plans march at Northam

Around 7,000 workers went on strike last week after a breakdown in wage negotiations.

The NUM is planning to stage a march at Northam Platinum Mine where around 7,000 of its members are on strike. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is preparing to stage a march at Northam Platinum Mine where around 7,000 of its members are currently on strike.

Workers went on strike last week after rejecting a seven percent wage increase offer from management.

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.

NUM members are demanding an increase of R2,100 and are demanding management negotiate for wages in rands and cents and not percentages.

The union's members will hand over a memorandum calling for the company to meet its demands later today.

NUM chief negotiator at Northam Platinum Ecliff Tantsi says the union is willing to make a compromise.

"If the company is willing to talk around our demand of R2,100, but can't meet it in the short to medium term, we are prepared to talk."

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