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Mine unions sign wage deal

Mining unions and the Chamber of Mines on Wednesday signed a new wage agreement.

Mining unions in the coal sector and the Chamber of Mines signed a new wage agreement on 7 November 2012 in Parktown, Johannesburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

PARKTOWN - Mining unions and the Chamber of Mines on Wednesday signed a new wage agreement in the coal sector after an outcry by mineworkers about their living and working conditions.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and United Association of South Africa were part of the negotiations in Parktown, Johannesburg, and said they were pleased that the chamber was willing to compromise.

Union officials sang liberation songs as they celebrated the wage hike agreement reached in the coal industry.

It will see a 5 percent increase for entry-level workers and also includes a R2,000 sweetener incentive for all workers.

The Chamber of Mines said the need to improve the working and living conditions of miners was the driving force behind the negotiations that led to the agreement being reached.