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After facilitation under the auspices of the CCMA, the NUM, Solidarity and UASA accepted and signed the final offers tabled by the coal producers, writes Vicky Sidler.

At the meeting on 30 September, some of the employers making further improvements to their offers tabled in the last meeting of the 25th September, agreeing to increase wages by at least 8.5% for workers in categories four and five. The agreement signed today is valid for two years.

The negotiations led by the Chamber of Mines include some of the biggest coal producers in the country: Anglo American Thermal Coal, Exxaro Coal, Umsobo Coal, Kangra Coal, Delmas Coal, GlencoreXstrata which includes Optimum, Koornfontein and former Xstrata operations.

“There has been constructive and courteous engagement by all parties throughout this period, a sense of trust and mutual benefit had underpinned these negotiations and we hope this ethos will prevail as we work at getting South African mining back to optimal production levels,” said Motsamai Motlhamme, Chamber of Mines’ Chief negotiator for coal.

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