Coal Miners strike over poor wage increase
13 August 2007
Solidarity members at all its Coal Mines in the country, started strike action at midnight on Sunday night because of the poor wage increase offer.
“We are extremely unhappy with the current offer from the employers,” says Solidarity spokesperson, Jaco Kleinhans.
Kleinhans explains that the employer is offering, at this stage, a smaller increase to skilled workers and specifically artisans, which they find unacceptable.
He adds that there is a shortage of artisans in the country.
“We would like to see that employers recognise the importance of these skilled workers, that will be our message today with the strike action,” says Kleinhans.
Kleinhans adds that Solidarity has approximately 3 500 members in the industry and they will on Monday, try and get through a clear message of the importance of skilled workers in the Coal Mining Industry.