Time to pay the piper

Mines and na­tional de­part­ments are in talks to re­form com­pen­sa­tion poli­cies, paving the way for pay­outs

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Peter Bai­ley, the union’s na­tional health and safety chair­per­son, said: “We’ve been ad­vo­cat­ing for changes to com­pen­sa­tion poli­cies since 1998. Fi­nally, govern­ment lis­tened and is ea­ger to get fi­nal­ity on this mat­ter.”

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Minework­ers and Con­struc­tion Union (Amcu) wel­comed the re­form, but wanted the dis­cus­sions to be held at the Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Labour Coun­cil (Ned­lac).

Gabriel Nkosi, Amcu’s na­tional co­or­di­na­tor for health and safety, said: “The in­te­gra­tion of th­ese laws is what we are look­ing for, and we are happy we’re on that road. But we also call for th­ese dis­cus­sions to take place within Ned­lac to af­ford all in­ter­ested and af­fected par­ties the op­por­tu­nity to have their say. This has been a long time com­ing be­cause th­ese acts are not in favour of mine work­ers.”

The Cham­ber of Mines wants all cur­rent and fu­ture mine work­ers cov­ered un­der the Com­pen­sa­tion for Oc­cu­pa­tional In­juries and Dis­eases Act com­pen­sa­tion sys­tem, which pro­vides im­proved com­pen­sa­tion.

Char­mane Rus­sell, a spokesper­son for the Cham­ber of Mines, said: “De­lays to the merger of two acts were due to a num­ber of com­plex­i­ties, not least of them the fact that the two sys­tems are ad­min­is­tered by dif­fer­ent de­part­ments and have vary­ing con­di­tions. We are pleased that we all think we need to move for­ward rapidly on this.”

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