NUM welcomes platinum industry breakthroughs
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – THE National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) welcomed the agreements recently reached with mining companies that culminated in the end of some strike action by workers.
The NEC at the Elijah Barayi Memorial Training College in Johannesburg on 24-25 July 2014.
It is the highest decision-making body of the union apart from the Central Committee and the National Congress.
The NEC welcomed the signing of a three-year ground breaking wage agreement with the Royal Bafokeng Platinum.
“The NEC wishes to express its sincere gratitude to its members in the manner in which they conducted themselves during the negotiation phase up until the signing of the agreement.
“The struggle for a living wage continues and it shall be won through experience and discipline both these elements have shortened the bargaining turn around which is important and consistent with our history and vision,” Livhuwani Mammburu, Acting NUM National Spokesperson, said.
He said the wage agreement between NUM and Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RB Plat) Mines demonstrated the maturity and commitment to working with stakeholders to find solutions to address these issues and to deliver sustainable benefits for all involved.
“The NEC is also happy that NUM has ended the marathon wage negotiations with Aquarius with a 3 year agreement.”
NUM is still locked in wage negotiations process with Kumba Iron Ore, De Beers, Petra Diamonds and Eskom.
The NEC meanwhile condemned he recent attack in the platinum belt which includes the shooting of Samancor Chrome mine worker in Kroondal last Wednesday and the murder of Bongani ‘Bahyi’ Mehlonkomo killed in Marikana last Tuesday.
“The NEC calls for law enforcement agencies to do their work and apprehend the culprits,” said Mammburu.
– CAJ News
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