/ 20 March 2014

Amplats ‘delighted’ over Numsa’s acceptance of wage offer

Amplats 'delighted' Over Numsa's Acceptance Of Wage Offer

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has accepted a wage offer from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the mining company said on Thursday.

"The offer, which was accepted in December 2013 by the National Union of Mineworkers [of South Africa] and the United Association of South Africa, will be applied to all employees in the Numsa bargaining unit," spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said.

"The agreement stipulates the wages and other conditions of employment for operational employees for the period July 1 2013 to June 30 2015."

This equated to an 8.5% per annum wage increase for A to B2 employees, 8% for B3 to B7 employees and 7.5% for C to D1.

There would be an 8% increase for all employees from year two.

Numsa could not be reached for comment.

Striking at Amplats
Numsa said in January that it was planning on striking at Amplats.

In February, the metalworkers union reportedly called a strike at Amplats's processing division.

Amplats chief executive Chris Griffith welcomed Numsa's acceptance.

"We are delighted that Numsa has accepted our offer and realises that we have provided a fair and reasonable offer to our employees within our financial constraints," he said.

"We would like to acknowledge the contribution and support of our stakeholders, government, the CCMA [Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration] and Numsa for all working together to enable us to settle this wage agreement."

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) strike at the mine, and other platinum producers, began on January 23. Workers demanded a minimum monthly salary of R12 500.

Demand revision
The mining companies offered staggered increases of 7% to 9% over the next three years.

Earlier this month, Amcu said it had revised its demand and that the R12 500 minimum monthly salary could now be achieved over three years.

However, the companies rejected Amcu's revised demand. – Sapa