Coal wage talks hot up as unions reject 4.6% offer
The four unions representing coal workers have rejected a pay offer by producers, including Anglo American, Glencore and Exxaro Resources.
The companies proposed an increase of 4.6%, said the Chamber of Mines, which represents them. The inflation rate was 4.6% in May.
Franz Stehring, head of mining at Uasa, said on Friday the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and Uasa labour groups rejected the offer. The NUM, the biggest labour group, wants a 15% raise.
The coal-mining industry directly employs almost 90 000 people and paid about R19 billion in wages last year. Negotiations resume on Tuesday.