Northam strike: NUM to meet today

The union is hopeful a strike by more than 2,000 members will be called off after a mass meeting today.

Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine. Picture: Northam Platinum.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says its hopeful a strike by more than 2,000 of its members at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde Mine in Limpopo will be called off after a mass meeting today.

Around 4,600 workers downed tools last week, claiming the company is using unfair hiring and firing practices and the CEO is trying to destabilise the NUM.

The company secured a Labour Court interdict declaring the strike unprotected and warned employees to return to their posts.

Striking workers are scheduled to meet within the next few hours and union officials will brief them about a meeting with company bosses.

The unprotected strike started last week over what the mineworkers claim is an unfair dismissal policy.

NUM general secretary Frans Baleni says, "We think that there's a possibility of settling. We are going to be consulting members in an attempt of resolving the current impasse."

On Monday, the union's spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu, was adamant NUM members have legitimate demands.

"Management is not respecting the policies that they fought hard for. They will continue with the strike. They won't allow management to alter policies whenever they like."