Di­a­mond min­ers go on strike at De Beers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE -

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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