Dispute declared in NUM’s wage talks at Sibanye-Stillwater


A dispute has been declared in the wage talks between the National Union of Mineworkers in South Africa (NUM) and Sibanye-Stillwater Kroondal in the North West.

Talks deadlocked last week, with the union demanding an increase from R6 500 to R10 000 per month for the lowest paid workers, while Sibanye-Stillwater offered an increase of R750 per month per worker.

"The NUM remain[s] unshakable on [sic] its demands and it will not and never accept Sibanye-Stillwater's insult wage increase of 5.5 per cent and R750," NUM said in a statement.

Additionally, the union is demanding a living out allowance of R5 000 and a housing subsidy of R10 000, as well as other requests related to annual and maternity leave conditions.

NUM announced on Monday morning that it had secured a date for arbitration with the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to begin.

Arbitration is set to begin on November 2 in Rustenburg, the union confirmed.