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boardroomtableBloomberg writes that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Sibanye-Stillwater (Sibanye) may need mediators to help wage talks move forward after negotiations with the platinum sector’s largest labor union reached a deadlock.  

Talks with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) that began in June have stalled after the union declared a dispute.  The producers are now looking to bring in mediators to resolve the standoff internally rather than seeking conciliation from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).  They have rebuffed Amcu’s initial demand for a 48% wage increase, which some say would lead to job losses and mine closures, but the union has also rejected counter offers.  Enlisting an external mediator to unlock the dispute could indicate that both sides might be willing to avoid a strike, Albert de Beer, a labour consultant, indicated.  Talks between Amcu and Impala Platinum (Implats) were progressing well and a deal there could be reached later this month, Implats CEO Nico Muller said last week.  The company planned to seal a deal without any labor disruption, he said.

  • Read the full original of the above report at Mining Weekly
  • Read too, Amplats, Sibanye-Stillwater say wage talks stable after Amcu declares dispute, at Miningmx

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