The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will embark on industrial action, after negotiations between it and the Chamber of Mines broke down this week.
The certificate to strike was received by the NUM this week, and the trade union has accused the industry of extreme arrogance, in its handling of workers in the coal sector.
“Negotiations between the NUM and the Chamber of Mines have officially collapsed with the issuing of a certificate of non-resolution to the dispute by the CCMA,” said NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu.
The NUM leadership is going to report back to members, before setting a date. The NUM will issue a notice to go on strike in due course.
Central to this storm is the NUM demand for a R1 100 once-off for the year 2017 and eight percent salary increase for 2018.
“The NUM will only sign a three-year agreement provided the Chamber of Mines accepts to remain in the Collective Bargaining Forum. The NUM will demand 9,5 percent for the third year,” added Mammburu.
Mammburu said the Chamber had acted in bad faith during its negotiations with the NUM, adding that its members had no choice but to protest.
“The NUM is determined to force the companies to lend an ear to its wage demands.”
The news of this industrial action comes in the wake of failed discussions between NUM workers and management at PPC Cement Slurry. Central to that protest is the trade union’s desire for a 12 percent pay increase for its members across the board, a housing allowance of R1000 and a pool car.