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NUM plans coal sector strike

NUM said it had been granted a strike certificate by the CCMA, which is an important requirement before downing tools.

FILE: Striking mine workers who support the National Union of Mineworkers take part in a protest in Carletonville on 3 September 2013. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) plans a coal sector strike after wage negotiations with mining firms became deadlocked, it said on Wednesday, without giving a date for industrial action.

NUM spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu said the union had been granted a strike certificate by a government mediator, which is an important requirement before downing tools.

Mammburu has accused the Chamber of Mines of negotiating in bad faith.

“This afternoon, we have received a certificate to go on strike in the coal sector and negotiations between the NUM and the Chamber of Mines have officially collapsed; with the issuing of a non-resolution to the dispute by the CCMA.”

A protracted strike in the coal sector could affect power supply in Africa’s most industrialised economy, as about 85% of it is generated from the fossil fuel.

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