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NUM to serve another 48-hour notice in coal sector if wage talks fail

The union has postponed the strike which was due to officially begin tomorrow as some of the coal companies are proposing a new wage offer.

Surface coal mine transportation. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it will serve another 48-hour notice to go on strike in the coal sector if it cannot reach an agreement with employers on Monday

The union has postponed the strike which was due to officially begin tomorrow as some of the coal companies are proposing a new wage offer.

The NUM is demanding a R1,100 once off offer for this year, as well as an 8% and 9,5% wage increases for 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Employers are only offering a R600 once off along with a 7.5% hike for 2018 and 2019.

The NUM’s Livhuwani Mammburu says, “Our members are the ones who were given as a mandate to say don’t file the notice now, let us see what these companies are going to offer on Monday.

“And then, if they offer something good, they will accept but if they don’t offer something good, our members will immediately give us a mandate to go on strike.”