21 September 2017

South Africa: NUM to Embark On Strike At Petra Diamonds Koffiefontein Mine

press release

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has served Petra Diamonds with a 48 hours notice to embark on a protected strike at Koffiefontein Mine in Northern Cape.

The strike will be in the form of a total withdrawal of labour of all NUM members working in Petra Diamonds at Koffiefontein Mine.

The strike will commence on Saturday 24 September 2017 starting with a morning shift at 6 am and include every shift that follows thereafter and will continue indefinitely until the NUM demands are met.

The purpose of the strike is to compel Petra Diamonds and its management to accede to the demands of the NUM.

The NUM demands are as follows:

1. Wages

We demand a 10% wage increase across the board to be paid every month for three years.

2. Housing

We demand a housing subsidy and living out allowance of R1 500 to be paid every month for three years.

3. Medical Aid.

We demand an increase of R1000 be paid to all employees who are part of the in-house medical aid scheme and 100% medical aid subsidy to employees who do not belong to the in-house medical aid scheme.

4. Family responsibility leave

We demand that family responsibility leave to be increased from 3 to 5 days and 4 days must be fully paid and 1 unpaid.

5. Annual leave

We demand that annual leave days must be increased from 19 to 21 days for Petra Diamonds Ekapa and Koffiefontein operations.

6. Pension Fund

We demand that the pension fund must be increased from 7,5% to 9% per employer's contribution.

7. Unequal pay

They demand equal job value as per employment equity act.

8. Long Service Awards

We demand that employees who have worked for 10 years must be paid R5 000, 20 years to be paid R15 000, 25 years to be paid R35 000 with R7 000 for a spouse, 30 and 40 years to also be paid R35 000, NB: grandfather's current Section 197 employees as per their conditions of employment for the 25 years and 40 years beneficiaries.

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