Impala Platinum raises wages for miners

South African miner Impala Platinum this morning said it will raise employee wages by 4.8 per cent from 1 October.

Earlier this month Implats received a wage demand from a workers committee at its Rustenberg mine, despite wages being increased at the end of April.

But today it said it had given into demands and is to up wages from next week.

The raise comes as several South African miners are struggling with ongoing strikes over wage demands from workers.

Anglo American Platinum yesterday said it would consider dismissals for those miners still striking, as the turnout rate for its Rustenberg operations lagged under 20 per cent.

Earlier this month platinum miner Lonmin signed a new wage agreement with miners after being crippled by a six-week long strike.

Impala Platinum chief executive Terence Goodlace said this morning: "The overriding imperative for all stakeholders should be to ensure peace, stability and order and in so doing create an environment for safe production.

“The wage adjustment supports this imperative and our long-term strategy to establish a new multi-union industrial relations dispensation in our operations while moving towards a centralised wage engagement process for the platinum mining industry."