numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) declared a wage dispute with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Tuesday after negotiations deadlocked, setting the stage for a potential strike.  

The union said in a statement it had rejected Amplats' latest offer of a 6.75% wage hike, which was less than half of the 14.5% it was seeking.  The NUM comprises about 20% of the workforce at Amplats.

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