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Apr 4 2012 4:14PM
 
Mine to withdraw from negotiation
NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said 3500 workers were on strike. Picture: SAPA
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The Modikwa Platinum Mine is withdrawing from negotiations following a strike by workers, it said on Wednesday.

"The strike and the collective bargaining process have failed the parties. The mine has no option but to withdraw from the negotiation process," Modikwa spokeswoman Jongisa Klaas said in a statement.

"The dispute concerns wages and conditions of employment. At a meeting held on Tuesday [the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)] rejected the mine's final offer," Klaas said.

She said the mine withdrew its final offer after the NUM made demands it could not afford.

Striking employees could return to work on their existing conditions of service, Klaas said.

NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said 3500 workers were on strike.

He said the NUM agreed to the mine's 10% wage offer, but wanted management to narrow the wage gap for employees represented in the bargaining council.

Seshoka said the lowest paid employees in the bargaining council earned R3000 a month, while the highest paid earned R17,000.

The strike would continue until conditions of employment were addressed, he said.

The mine is situated just outside Burgersfort in Limpopo. -Sapa

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