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NUM calls on CCMA to mediate in coal sector wage talks

Workers want pay increases of up to 15 percent while the Chamber of Mines is not budging.

FILE. Workers want pay increases of up to 15 percent while the chamber which represents firms such as Glencore, Anglo American Coal and Exxaro, had offered a revised wage rise from its initial offer of between 4 and 6,5 percent. Image: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has said the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will be called to mediate its wage negotiations in the coal sector after it reached a deadlock with the Chamber of Mines.

Talks resumed on Wednesday after union leaders rejected a previous offer.

The NUM is accusing the Chamber of Mines of negotiating in bad faith.

Workers want pay increases of up to 15 percent while the chamber which represents firms such as Glencore, Anglo American Coal and Exxaro, had offered a revised wage rise from its initial offer of between 4 and 6,5 percent.

The NUM's Peter Bailey said the union will be submitting its forms to the CCMA.

"The commissioner will write a Certificate of Unresolved Dispute and after then only will we be able to give notice for our intent to strike."

GOLD SECTOR TALKS

Gold companies represented by the Chamber of Mines say their offer to increase the wages of entry level workers by between nine and 18 percent is final and have denied claims they're mistreating miners.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) rejected the claim that gold companies cannot afford to meet its demand for a basic wage of R12,500.

The union further accused mines of underpaying workers.

But mining houses say they've been generous in their offer and are disappointed by the lack of progress during talks held.