Coal strike to begin on Sunday

2011-07-22 10:38

Coal workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity will go on strike from Sunday evening, the Chamber of Mines said.

“We have received notice of intention to strike from NUM and Solidarity and this will begin from the night shift on Sunday,” said spokesperson Frans Barker.

NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the union would go ahead with the strike because Wednesday’s wage negotiations had deadlocked.

The chamber – negotiating for Anglo Thermal Coal SA, Delmas Coal, Exxaro, Kangra Coal, Optimum Coal and Xstrata Coal – offered a final 8.5% increase for entry level employees and 7% for other employees.

This offer was in conjunction with allowances for living out, medical incapacity and medical aid contributions, the chamber said.

NUM was demanding 14%.

On Wednesday, Seshoka said a “powerful strike” was necessary to force employers to submit to their demands.

“A powerful strike is a strike that lasts more than a week. It must take many weeks for a strike to work with as many members as possible.”

Barker said the coal industry had contingency plans in place.

“They have a considerable stock pile of export quality coal, and Eskom have built up their stocks substantially since they had problems in 2008.”

Solidarity could not immediately be reached for comment.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.