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NUM is on strike at Idwala Carbonates at Port Shepstone in Kwazulu-Natal

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NUM is on strike at Idwala Carbonates at Port Shepstone in Kwazulu-Natal

NUM Press Statement, 12 March  2018

NUM is on strike at Idwala Carbonates at Port Shepstone in Kwazulu-Natal

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in Kwazulu-Natal can confirm that its members at Idwala Carbonates are on strike after both parties reached a deadlock on wage negotiation. The strike started last week on Wednesday when Idwala Carbonates management refused to improve their offer on the basic salary increase.  Idwala carbonates is offering  6,5% and the  NUM is demanding 8% salary increase.  The operation mines a deposit of scarce, white calcitic and dolomitic limestone which then goes through various processes of quarrying, crushing, screening, milling, and beneficiation through floatation and fine milling (micronising) to produce the end product.

On housing allowance, the company is offering R140 on over and above the current R1000 that members are getting. NUM is demanding R1 500 but instead, the company does not want to come with a tangible offer. The company is coming up with a useless R20 000 loan offer which is dependent on member’s credit records.

"The NUM further demands standardization of shift allowance and the company is not willing to consider standardizing shift allowance.
NUM in KwaZulu Natal feels very strongly that the attitude of the employer has failed the process since NUM has exhausted all other means and opted to go on strike which started on Wednesday last week," said Muzikayise Zakwe, NUM Kwazulu-Natal Regional Secretary.

"NUM has vowed to continue with the strike until the company put a reasonable offer. Some of these issues were tabled in the previous wages but no resolution has been reached as a result the union opted to exercise its right to go on strike," Zakwe added.

Currently, NUM is talking to NPC branch with a view to lobbying NPC to engage in a secondary strike. We believe that NPC will relish that opportunity since they (NPC) is at CCMA over wages and seemingly their employer is not putting any progressive offer that will convince NUM to sign an agreement.

NUM is declaring a war to Idwala Carbonates and vowed to remain on strike until the employer put something tangible on the table.

For more information, please contact:

Muzikayise Zakwe: NUM Kwazulu-Natal Regional Secretary: 083 417 1369 or 072 359 6170

Lucky Zama: NUM Kwazulu-Natal Regional Organiser: 078 123 2863

7 Rissik Street.
Cnr Frederick,
Johannesburg  2001
Tel: 011 377 2111
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