Coal wage talks hot up as unions re­ject 4.6% of­fer

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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.

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