NUM gets it on AMCU silver platter
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – THE National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is set to sign a wage agreement with Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBP) on Thursday benefiting from AMCU’s five-month long strike.
NUM announced on Thursday it would sign the agreement with RBP in Sandton, Johannesburg following a breakthrough in talks.
In a notice statement, NUM Acting Spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu, said both national and Luthuli Branch leadership would attend the wage agreement signing ceremony.
Meanwhile, observers credited rival union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), for the breakthrough.
“I believe when NUM finally signs this wage agreement in Sandton, they must also be bold enough to acknowledge AMCU for their sterling job well done in making them get it easy.
“Had it not been for AMCU’s bravery in taking the platinum mining bosses head-on for five months, today, NUM would have nothing to sign for,” said mining expert Ozias Khumalo.
Platinum workers have over the months staged protests advocating for salary increments and improved working conditions.
– CAJ News
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