Coal mining strike ends

Coal mining strike ends

The National Union of Mineworkers says it has accepted a revised wage offer from employers. 


The Chamber of Mines has offered entry-level miner R750 rand - up from the slightly more than R300 they had initially put on the table.

NUM had wanted a pay hike of R1000 for these workers.

The union's chief negotiator, Peter Bailey says the 30 000 workers who had downed tools will resume their shifts tomorrow.

"Over and above the percentile increase, the harmonisation, we also had a sticky point, which was the roof bolt operators and they've been moved during the process of wage negotiations.

"We've signed an agreement. It has been implemented," he said.  

The ten-day strike had affected mining giants like Anglo American and Glencore, threatening the supply of coal to the country's power stations.

At the beginning of the strike, Eskom had warned of possible load shedding should the strike continue beyond a month as the country's electricity supply relies heavily on coal.

(File photo)

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