Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
After extensive and intense bargaining in the coal industry trade union Solidarity yesterday received a favourable wage offer from the Chamber of Mines.
According to Connie Prinsloo, Solidarity’s mining industry Deputy General Secretary, the wage offer ranges between 5,5% and 7,5% depending on the employee’s job level within category 4 to 8, and also applies to miners, artisans and officials. The offer involves a 7,5% wage increase at the Anglo, Exxaro and Glencore Mining Houses; a 7% increase at the Kangra Mining House; and a 5% increase at both Delmas and Msobo.
“Over and above the wage increase the offer also makes provision for an increase in housing and travelling allowances in accordance with the applicable percentage increase,” Prinsloo added.
Prinsloo also pointed out that Solidarity was successful in negotiating maternity leave of four months for female employees.
Solidarity welcomes the Chamber of Mines’ offer of a three year agreement as it would be conducive towards stability in the coal mining industry.
“The reaching of an agreement would mean that our members could look forward to improved salary packages and perks,” Prinsloo said. “This wage offer is the result of continuous, sustained and meaningful negotiations. We succeeded in looking after the best interests of our members and are pleased that a possible dispute could be averted. A dispute would not have been to the benefit of the industry,” Prinsloo said.
According to Prinsloo, Solidarity has already communicated the offer to its members and it now awaits feedback from members. “As soon as our members confirm the mandate the signing of an agreement with the Chamber of Mines can be proceeded with,” Prinsloo concluded.
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