The Amcu trade union demands a R17,000 a month compensation for platinum mine workers, and negotiations will be difficult to deal with regarding the rage that the claims has caused amongst mining houses.
The Stilwater mine currently pays miners R12,500 a month and and this has already affected the mine’s profitability, negatively .
The claimants say they expect R17,000 because of inflation and they will not settle for less.
The remuneration of those who receive the least wage is R11,500 per month, and the claim is that it is only a drop in the ocean of what the Chief Executive Officer earns per hour.
The union also demands fringe benefits such as housing subsidy, medical benefits, transport and in total it should amount to R30,000 per worker per month.
Experts say that if this demands are met, this will be the end of the mining era in South Africa, for the reason that mining houses is on the verge of closure, and the only production to be delivered is that of illegal miners.
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