Three-year wage agreement for miners

The Chamber of Mines announced the finalisation of a three-year wage settlement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

The Chamber was acting on behalf of coal producers Anglo American Coal, Delmas Coal, Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga, Glencore Operations SA, Koornfontein Mines and Msobo Coal.

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The wage agreement is effective from 1 June 2017 for officials and 1 July 2017 for category 4 to 8 employees, miners and artisans at all companies —  excluding Koornfontein mines. For Koornfontein mines and Delmas Coal the agreement will be implemented from July 2017 which will implement on 1 July 2017 and Delmas Coal which will implement on 1 July 2017 for all employees. According to Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM national spokesperson, the agreement will be backdated to 1 June 2017 and 1 July 2017.

The agreement was signed at the Chamber of Mines on 22 November 2017. The final agreement is effective 1 July 2017, in terms of which:

  • Entry-level to operator employees employed at the larger companies will receive increases, some on a once-off basis and others staggered over two payments, of R1 100 in the first year and guaranteed increases of between 7.5% and 8.5% in the second and third years.
  • Entry-level to operator employees employed at the smaller companies will receive increases ranging between 6 and 7.5% in the first year, and guaranteed increases ranging between 6% and 7.5%, and in other cases, CPI+1%, in the second and third years.

Motsamai Motlhamme, head of employment relations at the Chamber of Mines, says, “After months of negotiations, we have reached an agreement which not only represents a reasonably balanced outcome, but will also secure stability in the industry for a three-year period. This is in the best interests of employees, the industry and the country as a whole.”

Labour unions UASA and Solidarity have previously accepted the Chamber’s offer and the parties will meet in due course to finalise the agreement.



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