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.
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."