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Chamber of Mines open to discussions with coal mines

The chamber says it’s open to discussion with employees to avoid strike action in the sector.

FILE: The CCMA issued a certificate of non-resolution this afternoon when a stalemate was reached. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Chamber of Mines, which represents major coal mines, says it's open to discussion with employees and warns a strike in the sector would be detrimental to both sides.

Today the National Union Mineworkers (NUM) confirmed it's been issued with a strike certificate and is meeting with its members after wage talks have collapsed.

The NUM has revised its demand, calling for a R2,000 monthly increase.

Employers are offering an 8.5 percent wage hike for the lowest paid employee.

The CCMA issued a certificate of non-resolution this afternoon when a stalemate was reached.

The Chamber of Mines' Motsomai Motlhamme said, "For us it's not a conclusion; there are strikes, we are ready and willing to engage and we hope that [through] the process of engagement, a strike will not happen."

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