Amplats confident of settling wage dispute with NUM

The company has offered workers a wage increase of 6.75% while the union is demanding 14.35%.

Anglo American Platinum’s Khuseleka mine shaft in Marikana, North West. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum says it's confident it will reach an agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) which has declared a wage dispute with the company after talks deadlocked.

The company has offered workers a wage increase of 6.75 percent, while the union is demanding 14.35%.

The NUM, whose members make up a fifth of the workforce at Amplats, has accused management at the mine of insulting its members after it failed to meet their proposed offer.

The union's Livhuwani Mammburu says the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration may have to intervene.

"The CCMA has to come on board, so it means that the negotiations are going to be held under the auspices of the CCMA."

Anglo American Platinum's Mpumi Sithole says they are still negotiating with the union.

"In fact we're very confident that we'll find each other very soon."

Amplats, which is in the process of selling its labour intensive Rustenburg mines to Sibanye Resources, is also in wage talks with its majority union, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, which lead a crippling five-month long strike against the sector in 2014.