South African mining union strike at Nkomati nickel mine over bonus payment

16 August 2015 (Last Updated August 16th, 2015 18:30)

South African mining union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are holding an indefinite strike at the Nkomati Nickel Mine in eastern Nkomati demanding bonus pay.

South African mining union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are holding an indefinite strike at the Nkomati Nickel Mine in eastern Nkomati demanding bonus pay.

NUM deputy general secretary and the chief negotiator at Nkomati mine William Makgabo Mabapa said that the strike will include every shift, and will continue indefinitely until the union's demands are complied with.

"The NUM and the Nkomati Mine are differing on two critical issues. The first issue is the car allowance which is available to the management and the few employees.

"The NUM position is that all employees must belong to Group Scheme Car Insurance for Nkomati Mine."

"The NUM position is that all employees must belong to Group Scheme Car Insurance for Nkomati Mine."

The NUM said it received a certificate of non-resolution from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over a wage dispute with the mine which is owned by the African Rainbow Minerals (ARM).

With regard to the second issue, the long service awards, the NUM wants the company to pay a bonus of R3000 ($233) for those who have worked for five years and R6000 ($466) for those who have worked for 10 years.

Mabapa said that the company wants to start paying the long service award at ten years at only R3000 ($233).

The mine is situated in Machado in Mpumalanga, South Africa next to Nelspruit and is a joint venture between ARM and Norilsk.