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Around 30,000 NUM members to down tools

The union and the Chamber of Mines failed to settle on an agreement after months of negotiations.

Members of the NUM NEC briefing the media following their meeting. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - At least 30,000 coal mineworkers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are expected to down tools and embark on a strike for better wages this afternoon.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) issued a certificate of non-resolution to NUM's dispute in the coal industry earlier this week.

The union and the Chamber of Mines failed to settle on an agreement after months of negotiations.

The workers are demanding a R1,000 increase for the lowest category worker, while the employer is only offering R300.

The NUM's Nelson Ratshoshi says, "If those people can earn something like R8,000 it will be reasonable for them and they will be able maybe to take their children to whatever institution that they can dream of."