Business: Agreement in Coal Sector Now Within Reach – Solidarity
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“The final offer from employers is above the current level of inflation and ultimately means that if the increase is accepted, employees will not only get an inflation adjustment, but also an improvement on their salaries,” explained deputy general secretary of Solidarity, Gideon du Plessis. The offer will now be taken to members for a mandate process.
Mandate meetings will be held this week, at which members will accept or reject the offer. The decision will be relayed to the Chamber this coming Tuesday, 28 July.
In terms of the final wage offer from Anglo Coal, Xstrata, Exxaro, Delmas Coal and Kangra, a wage increase of 9% for miners, artisans and officials has been offered. A wage increase of 10% has been offered for category 5 to 8 employees, while a wage increase of 11% has been offered for entry-level employees. Springlake has offered a wage increase of 9% for miners, artisans and officials, an increase of 9,5% for category 5 to 8 employees and 10% for category 3 to 4 employees. Optimum and Siyanda have offered an overall wage increase of 9,5%.
In addition, an improvement on employees’ housing allowances has also been offered.
For the second year of the agreement, employers have offered a wage increase of the average consumer price inflation plus 1%, with a guaranteed minimum increase of 7,5%.
Meanwhile, the trade union’s mandate meeting for the gold sector will take place this coming Monday while feedback to the Chamber of Mines has been scheduled for Tuesday, 28 July. Solidarity is positive that an agreement will also be reached in this sector.
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