Diamond miners go on strike at De Beers
WORKERS at diamond company De Beers had planned to down tools at some of its mines last night, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.
Yesterday, NUM’s chief negotiator Peter Bailey said NUM would begin strike action at all De Beers’ operations of Voorspoed in the Free State, Kimberley Mine, the Diamond Trading Company in Kimberley, and Venetia near Musina.
“The strike action will begin with night-shift (staffers) and continue until all wage demands are met.”
De Beers’ spokesman Tom Tweedie could not immediately be reached for comment.
Bailey said De Beers had failed to accede to the union’s wage demands, even when the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) had intervened.
Workers were demanding a wage increase of 13 percent. The company was offering 6 percent, said Bailey. The union also wanted an increase in annual leave days. – Sapa
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