NUM members reject Implats wage offer

South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday its members had rejected the latest wage offer from Impala Platinum, and demanded a higher wage rise plus housing and transport pay.

Impala Platinum (Implats), the world’s No. 2 producer of the metal, is facing a strike by more than 20 000 workers at the company’s main mine.

The group had on Sunday offered a one-year wage agreement with a 10% pay increase for all workers.

”They have rejected the offer,” NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka told Reuters.

”They want the wage deal to include transport and housing allowances, and they also want a pay rise of 13%.”

Seshoka said union and Implats officials were currently meeting over the pay dispute. — Reuters

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