The National Union of Mineworkers has issued a notice of a strike in the coal sector after negotiations with the Chamber of Mines collapsed.
Miners at precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater are facing a bleak Christmas after the mine announced that it would be retrenching staff.
NUM has vigorously denied allegations of murder leveled against it from rival trade union Amcu.
NUM has denounced proposals of expected retrenchments in the mining sector and called on government to intensify efforts to prevent job losses.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is up in arms, following reports that Anglogold Ashanti was expected to shed in the region of 8500 workers.
The trade union endorsed the governing party’s Deputy President on Monday, as the ANC succession debate shifted into second gear this week.
In February this year, three workers at the Lily Mine were trapped in a metal container when an underground pillar collapsed at the mine.
A member of NUM, who worked at the Northam Platinum mine in Limpopo, was shot dead in Northam yesterday afternoon.
The new offer looks set to break the stand-off between the union and the coal companies.
NUM said the platinum sector had cut 35, 000 jobs since 2012 and “it is time to join forces to end this bloodbath.”