Geome­chan­ics in pop­u­lar pay pact

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES -

THE NA­TIONAL Union of Minework­ers (NUM) on Fri­day suc­cess­fully con­cluded their ne­go­ti­a­tions for a one-year wage agree­ment with Geome­chan­ics, end­ing a three-day strike at the drilling and min­eral ex­plo­ration com­pany.

Head­quar­tered in Jo­han­nes­burg, Geome­chan­ics and Geomech Africa pro­vide a drilling and test­ing ser­vice to the min­er­als ex­plo­ration mar­ket as well as the geotech­ni­cal and civils in­dus­tries in South­ern Africa. Geome­chan­ics work­ers downed tools on Mon­day last week de­mand­ing a salary in­crease of 15 per­cent across the board, as well as in­creases in prov­i­dent fund and bonuses.

Back­dated

The NUM said the agree­ment would see wage in­creases of up to 10 per­cent for the work­ers, back­dated from June 2016. This would also in­clude a R300 al­lowance per day for work done out­side the coun­try.

Among the high­lights of the agree­ment is the cre­ation of a prov­i­dent fund for work­ers with a 7.5 per­cent con­tri­bu­tion from each party. The NUM said the em­ployer also agreed to pay all em­ploy­ees an amount equal to the em­ployee’s ba­sic salary as an an­nual bonus or 13th cheque in De­cem­ber each year.

NUM ne­go­tia­tor Le­bo­gang Ram­abolu said the sign­ing of this one-year wage agree­ment was a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment as it marked the first time Geome­chan­ics had signed a wage agree­ment with the union.

“We agreed to form a task team that will look into other mat­ters such as al­lowances and med­i­cal aid. The role of the task team will also be to find for­mu­las that will work in this re­gard and give a re­port back to mem­bers,” Ram­abolu said.

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