Unions sign Kumba wage deal

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TRADE union Sol­i­dar­ity, to­gether with the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers (NUM), has signed a col­lec­tive agree­ment on wages and other con­di­tions of ser­vice that was reached with Kumba in July this year. The agree­ment was rat­i­fied and signed yes­ter­day and will ap­ply for the next three years.

Deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary of Sol­i­dar­ity, Con­nie Prinsloo, said that the agree­ment came into force on July 1 this year and will be valid un­til June 30 2020.

“Em­ploy­ees will be re­mu­ner­ated ret­ro­spec­tively and will also re­ceive a once-off mone­tary ben­e­fit to the value of R25 046.26 (af­ter tax).”

Ri­aan Visser, Sol­i­dar­ity’s in­dus­try spe­cial­ist, ex­plained that the par­ties agreed that the wage com­po­nent would in­crease an­nu­ally by seven per­cent across the board, with a guar­an­teed in­crease of CPI +0.5 per­cent ap­pli­ca­ble to the third year.

“More­over, the em­ployer’s con­tri­bu­tion to the em­ployee hous­ing al­lowance will in­crease by R300 per an­num, thus in­creas­ing this ben­e­fit from R2 900 to R3 500 dur­ing the three-year pe­riod.”

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