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Union Starts Strike Over Wages at Impala Platinum Refinery

  • NUM union represents more than half of refinery’s employees
  • Five rounds of pay talks between company, union unsuccessful
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Some members of a union representing more than half the worker’s at Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd.’s refinery in South Africa started a strike Tuesday after talks over pay and benefits broke down.

About 500 workers at the plant are members of the National Union of Mineworkers, which began the strike after failing to reach a pay agreement following five rounds of talks with the world’s second-biggest platinum producer, the labor group said in an e-mailed statement.