NUM agrees wage deal with N Cape mines

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THE NA­TIONAL Union of Minework­ers (NUM) in the North­ern Cape, work­ing to­gether with trade union Sol­i­dar­ity in Ass­mang’s min­ing op­er­a­tions in Beeshoek, Black­rock, and Khu­mani, has signed a three-year wage agree­ment with the com­pany.

The agree­ment en­tails in­creases of eight per­cent for the low­est earn­ers in the first year, eight per­cent in the se­cond year and seven per­cent in the third year.

The low­est paid em­ploy­ees are cur­rently paid R15 284.88 on a to­tal pack­age, which would see an eight per­cent in­crease in the first year to R16 507.67, NUM said in a state­ment.

“We have also se­cured a on­ce­off R10 000 cash tax-free (ex gra­tia al­lowance) to our mem­bers. The com­pany will also pay (an un­der­ground al­lowance of) R600 for the first year, R650 for the se­cond year and R700 for the third year. These achieve­ments which were not in ex­is­tence but have been pushed for the mem­bers work­ing un­der­ground.”

Other is­sues agreed upon in­cluded ma­ter­nity leave and fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­ity leave and med­i­cal-re­lated travel as­sis­tance to spe­cial­ists, the state­ment said

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