Pro­tected strike at coal mine ends

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES -

THE National Union of Minework­ers (NUM) has an­nounced a pro­tected strike at Msobo Coal mine in Mpumalanga that started on Tues­day has come to end af­ter the com­pany with­drew its let­ter of res­ig­na­tion from the Cham­ber of Mines. The NUM em­barked on a pro­tected strike at Msobo Coal mine af­ter the com­pany with­drew from the cen­tralised bar­gain­ing fo­rum by the Cham­ber of Mines. Coal com­pa­nies in­clud­ing An­glo Amer­i­can Coal, Msobo Coal, Del­mas Coal, Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga, Kan­gra Coal, Koorn­fontein Mines and Glen­core in­di­cated in 2016 that they in­tended to ne­go­ti­ate wages, and terms and con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment on a de­cen­tralised ba­sis with ef­fect from this year. NUM chief ne­go­tia­tor in the coal sec­tor, Peter Bai­ley, said the com­pany’s with­drawal of its let­ter of res­ig­na­tion was a vic­tory for work­ers. The pur­pose of the NUM strike was to com­pel Msobo Coal and its man­age­ment to com­ply with the rec­om­men­da­tions of the ad­vi­sory award, and to align it­self with the process of wage ne­go­ti­a­tions that is cur­rently on­go­ing at the cham­ber. –

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