Coal wage talks start

2011-08-01 10:59

Wage negotiations have started in the coal sector.

“The talks began (this morning),” said National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

The NUM has demanded a 14% pay increase. The Chamber of Mines – representing coal companies – has offered between seven and 8.5%.

The chamber is negotiating on behalf of Anglo Thermal Coal SA, Delmas Coal, Exxaro, Kangra Coal, Optimum Coal and Xstrata Coal.

The United Association of SA (Uasa) has demanded a 14% increase and Solidarity 12%.

About 150 000 coal workers went on strike for higher pay last Monday.

Seshoka said the talks in the coal sector started at 10am.

Wage negotiations in the gold sector were scheduled to start at 2pm.

Gold workers went on strike on Thursday evening after wage talks deadlocked.

In that sector, NUM and Uasa also want a 14% wage increase and Solidarity 12%.

At the last talks, Harmony Gold offered an 8.5% increase for entry-level workers, 7.5% for mid-level, and 7% for miners, artisans and officials.

Anglogold Ashanti and Gold Fields have offered the lowest-paid workers a 9% hike, middle categories 8.5% and the highest categories 8%.

Rand Uranium tabled an 8.5% offer for the lowest, 8% for the middle and 7% for the highest categories.

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