South African mine union suspends planned JIC strike on new wage offer

By bne IntelliNews November 3, 2010
It was reported SouthAfrica's National Union of Mineworkers has suspended a planned strike at JICMining Services, which provides mining companies with drilling and blastingservices, after a new wage offer from the company. The report added the strike,which was expected to start on Sunday, could have affected drilling at ImpalaPlatinum, Hernic Ferrochrome mine, a unit of Japan's Mitsubishi Corporation,and an Xstrata operation in the Limpopo province. The union had demanded JICMining Services raise workers' pay to ZAR 3,000, from ZAR 2,000 per month andthe company made a counter offer of ZAR 2,900. The report also stated the othermine that could have been affected with the work stoppage is the RoyalBafokeng's Resimone platinum mine, due to be listed on the JSE next week.

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