7 November 2012

South Africa: Wage Increase for Coal Sector

A wage increase agreement in the coal industry was signed in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

An entry-level hike of five percent was included in an existing agreement and would affect all coal mining companies under the Chamber of Mines, said Frans Baleni, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers.

The agreement was signed by the NUM, the Chamber of Mines, Solidarity, and Uasa. A R2000 once-off "sweetener", after tax, would be paid out next month.

Exxaro decided that instead of the R2000, it would give lower category workers a two percent increase, and higher category workers one percent.

Baleni said the sweetener was an attempt to strengthen the collective bargaining framework.

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