OPERATIONS at Palabora Mining Company have grinned to a halt as workers affiliated to the The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) demand a 12% wage increase.
The union and employer are not seeing eye to eye on the percentages as the company is promising 8% in 2017, 7% in 2018 and 7% in 2019.
The disagreement saw non-striking workers held hostage on Thursday as they were not allowed to leave.
Police and a private security company were hard at work removing rocks, burning tyres and other objects on the mine’s 3km private road.
Striking workers said they were prepared to continue with their shutdown until management gave into their demands.