NUM consulting on latest mines wage offer

2013-09-05 12:35

The Nation Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it will consult members on the latest wage increase offer from mine bosses.

NUM general secretary Frans Baleni said the offer came through last night, but refused to disclose figures as the union was yet to consult its 80 000 striking members in the gold sector about the offer.

Yesterday, two small mining companies – Evander Gold and Village Main Reef – reached an agreement with the NUM and Uasa.

The NUM is demanding a 15% pay increase, while employers are offering an increase of 6.5%, in line with inflation trends.

Baleni said the length of the strike will depend on whether or not members had accepted the offer.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said wage negotiations should be conducted swiftly, and should not necessarily result in strikes.

The construction, automobile and airline sectors are currently affected by strikes.

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