Following an unresolved meeting between De Beers and the CCMA in an attempt to resolve a wage negotiation dispute with NUM. This could see the Union embark on protected industrial action.The meeting followed a dispute declared early in the negotiations by the Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on 12 June 2013. The CCMA has subsequently issued a certificate notifying the status of the situation. The Union is able to give the company 48 hours’ notice of its intention to embark on protected industrial action or the company may give the Union 48 hours’ notice to lock out Union members.
Wayne Smerdon, De Beers lead negotiator comments; “we had agreement in the CCMA on the broader issues in the wage negotiation. However several demands from the Union, which all have high cost implications and which the Union was not prepared to negotiate on, lead us to a point where we could not agree on a settlement.”“The company had on the table a competitive offer which was sustainable into the future,” he continues. The company has made the necessary contingency plans in the event the NUM resolves to pursue with strike action. De Beers will continue to seek to find constructive means to resolve the dispute with the NUM.