Mineworkers to strike for 16% increase

Michelle Avenant
22 July 2011

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) are dissatisfied with Eskom’s offered pay rises of 7 percent.

This offer has been upped from an earlier 5.5%, but the Union demanded a rise of 16 percent.

“Next week there will be no talks. We will meet the week after to take the discussion forward,” said Num spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

The Chamber of Mines announced that members of Solidarity and the Num will start a strike on Sunday evening.

Chamber spokesperson Francis Barker confirmed notice of the strike.

Seshoka said that the union would go ahead with the strike, as Wednesday’s wage negotiations had deadlocked.


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