South Africa’s Chamber of Mines Signs Wage Agreement

The colliery members of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa signed a two year wage agreement with the unions, in terms of which wages increase on average by between 9% and 10%. The unions involved are the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and UASA. The companies are Anglo Coal, Xstrata, Exxaro, Delmas Coal, Kangra, Springlake, Optimum and Siyanda.

Commenting on the agreement reached, Dr. Frans Barker, who negotiates for the coal mining companies, said he was pleased with the outcome of the negotiations, and both employers and unions had approached the negotiations in a constructive manner. He further commended the union leadership on their professional approach to the negotiations and noted that, “The signing of the 2009 coal wage agreement is an historic occasion as this is the first time that Chamber level wage negotiations have been settled without referral to the CCMA.”

As featured in Womp 2009 Vol 07 -