Breakthrough in coal wage talks imminent

The Chamber of Mines says negotiations to end the week-long coal strike will resume today.

FILE: Surface coal mine transportation. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Chamber of Mines says negotiations to end the week-long coal strike will resume today, and it hopes to see a breakthrough within hours.

An estimated 12,000 workers have downed tools to demand better wages and benefits.

The chamber says coal producers have upped their offer and most workers now stand to receive increases of between R750 and R1,000 a month, and a further annual increase of 7.5 percent.

The chamber's Charmane Russell says, "The producers have made a number of decisions during the course of wage negotiations. The offer on the table is significant and at the limit of what is affordable."

The National Union of Mineworkers is yet to decide whether to accept the latest offer.