JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) reported that workers downed tools at platinum-miner Lonmin’s Limpopo mining operations on Tuesday evening.
Lonmin spokesperson Alex Shorland-Ball confirmed on Wednesday that the employees at the company’s Limpopo Baobab shaft were currently on strike.
The mine, a relatively small operation that usually produces about 100 oz of platinum a day, was not currently producing.
“We employ around 1 600 people at the mine. The strike is in response to issues around benefits,” said Shorland-Ball.
NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the strike came after the collapse of protracted negotiations on the equalisation of pay for workers at Lonmin’s Limpopo operations and employees at the company’s Rustenburg operations.
Seshoka stated that the difference in pay was up to R1 200 a month, with workers in Rustenburg, on the same skill level as those in Limpopo, receiving more pay.
The NUM said that the strike action would continue until some agreeable resolution was reached, and the unions and the company were currently in negotiations.