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Carletonville miners await wage increase

Delegates from NUM and Cosatu are discussing ways to end the strike at Gold Fields KDC mine.

Gold Fields miners gather at a stadium in Driefontein, demanding a wage hike. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Management and delegates from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will meet on Thursday to end the strike that has stopped production at Gold Fields' KDC west mine near Carletonville.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelenzima Vavi addressed miners on Wednesday, urging them to return to work and secure their jobs.

Workers at the mine said they would continue striking on Thursday, but eagerly await a wage proposal promised to them by Vavi.

The strike at Gold Fields enters day 11 today, after workers downed tools demanding a salary of R12,500 like their Lonmin brethren in Marikana.

In his address, Vavi promised a wage proposal from Gold Fields management by the end of Thursday, and employees at the mine said they would be willing to consider any wage increase.

Lonmin miners ended their five-week strike on Tuesday evening, accepting increases of between 11 and 22 percent.

The increment, which comes into effect next month, will see rock drill operators earn R11,078 before deductions and production team leaders R13,022 per month.

Miners entered wage talks without their unions, saying they were not being represented well.