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By unknown | Jan 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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One of mining magnate Patrice Motsepe's mines has been hit by a strike amid allegations that white workers earn between R2000 and R6000 more than their black counterparts.

This claim has been made by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which said black workers at Modikwa Platinum Mine in Limpopo had downed tools.

"It does not make sense to us that a company, partially owned by Motsepe, is paying apartheid wages," NUM spokesman Onis Serothwane said yesterday.

The strike, which started on Friday, will continue today after weekend talks between the NUM and the mine, of which Motsepe's African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) owns equal shares with Anglo Platinum, failed to resolve the wage dispute.

But ARM Platinum chief executive Mangisi Gule denied that they discriminated. "We, as ARM, abhor any form of racism," he said.

He said discussions between the NUM and Madikwe to deal with the wage gap were going on.

"NUM and management are meeting again tomorrow. And you can understand that the gap exists because worker A could have more experience than worker B."

Workers are also demanding a full transport subsidy and an end to the lack of the mine's consultation with unions.

Serothwane said the mine was refusing to come up with a strategy to resolve the dispute and to renegotiate working conditions.

"It does not make sense that we should tell the workers to resume their duties while we are negotiating how their wages should be upgraded."


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