South Africa's coal workers on strike from November 19Staff Writer | November 11, 2017
South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers will begin a strike over wages in the coal sector on November 19.
Africa 14,000 people, 20 percent of the labour force
NUM represents about 70 percent of these employees, the chamber said.
The two sides are not far apart. The larger companies have offered a staggered increase of 1100 rand ($76) for year one for lower-paid employees, and an increase of 7.5 percent for the higher categories.
The smaller companies have offered increases ranging from 5 to 7.5 percent. The union has been demanding a once-off payment of 1,100 rand this year and an 8 percent increase for 2018. ■