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NUM: Coal mine bosses are arrogant

30,000 of the union’s members will strike after failed wage hike negotiations.

FILE: Striking NUM members. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - As 30,000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers(NUM) in the coal industry prepare to go on strike later on Sunday, the union has labelled mine bosses 'arrogant'.

The action comes after the union and the Chamber of Mines failed to reach a wage hike agreement following months of negotiations.

Workers are expected to stop working from 6pm today until their demands, which include a R1,000 pay increase for workers in the lowest-paid category, are met.

The NUM's Nelson Ratshoshi says they are willing to settle for an offer, but only if it's a decent increase.

"We are willing to settle but they must come with something that will entice our members," he says.

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."

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