NUM planning mass protests

The union will protest for all its members demanding higher wages.

FILE:The National Union of Mineworkers' General Secretary Frans Baleni at a news conference in Johannesburg. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it's planning a mass protest in Johannesburg this month for all of its members demanding higher wages.

On Wednesday, thousands of miners from Sibanye Gold in Westonaria and Arnot Mine in Mpumalanga handed over memorandums of wage demands to their respective employers.

The NUM's Frans Baleni says they want increases in double digits in line with those presented to the Chamber of Mines.

"This is a build-up which will culminate in a central march in Johannesburg on behalf of all construction workers from civil organisations, mining companies as well as Eskom."

Earlier this month, the NUM rejected a wage hike offer of four percent from gold sector mining companies "with the contempt it deserves".

The Chamber of Mines made the offer in response to the NUM's demand of at least R7, 500 for entry-level surface workers.

The offer fell far short of the NUM's 60 percent demand and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)'s demand of 100 percent.