NUM signed a 3-year agreement with Exxaro Coal

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) signed a 3-year wage agreement with Exxaro Coal which comprises of Grootgeluk and Leeuwpan mines respectively workers will resume work today and the latest Tuesday next week with one operation at Lephalale in Limpopo and Delmas in Mpumalanga. On Wages – the parties agreed on the following wage increase of 10%, 8.5% and 7.5% for 2017 and 7.5% for both 2018 and 2019. On the Service increment parties agreed to refer the matter under EEA. On Housing – the parties agreed to increase the housing allowance to R3 978 for 2017, R4 489 for 2018 and R5000 for 2019,

On standby allowance, the parties agreed on 7.5% for three years including other allowances and benefits and the parties agreed on a family responsibility leave of 8 days.On long service award, parties agreed on 15 years with one Kruger rand. On the Pit workers parties, the parties agreed on an increase of R500 per year on both 2017 and 2018. On the Medical Aid contribution, the parties agreed that the company will contribute 60% and 40% member contribution with the introduction of new medical aid scheme. Parties agreed to finalise all outstanding issues within three months after signing the wage agreement.

NUM continues strike at Petra’s Finsch mine after deadlock

Mining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday said it would not back down from its wage dispute with Petra Diamonds until its demands were met. Workers at the Finsch mine, in the Northern Cape, downed tools on Monday in a strike that resulted in 67 members staging an ongoing sit-in underground after the parties reached an impasse over wages and other related matters.

“There are some members who are still underground since Monday.  The members felt that if the company does not meet their demands they will remain underground,” said NUM Finsch deputy branch secretary Tebogo Kgomongwe.  The NUM is demanding a 10% a year increase in wages across the board for the next three years, along with a number of other demands, which be read in the union’s press statement on this matter.

Underground sit-in at Ekapa ends, but NUM vows to continue striking

SABC News reports that the National Union of Mineworker (NUM) has vowed to proceed with its strike action at the Ekapa Mining Joint Venture operations in Kimberley.

This was said after the union’s members, who embarked on an underground strike for better salaries, came to the surface.  More than 150 miners staged an underground sit-in over five days at two Ekapa shafts demanding a 17% pay hike.  Over the five days, 33 miners had to be rescued due to health complications.  NUM reached an interim agreement with the owners, but NUM President Piet Matosa said the strike was still continuing.

Labour disruption flares up at Petra’s Finsch, Ekapa mines

MiningMx reports that production at Petra Diamonds’ Finsch and Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture operations in South Africa’s Northern Cape province has been interrupted by labour disruptions that may be related to wage negotiations. Speaking on September 18 during the firm’s full-year results presentation, Petra CEO Johan Dippenaar described the usually intense nature of wage negotiations as “machinations”, adding that while the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) had accepted an offer at Cullinan “… some machinations are still ahead of us”.

Petra today described the labour relations as “volatile”. “Petra confirms that since last night it is experiencing labour disruption at its Finsch mine and there is also disruption underway at its Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV operations,” it said. “The company is in ongoing discussions with the NUM in order to resolve the situation and is closely managing the situation to ensure the least possible impact on group production. Petra will update the market as the situation unfolds,” it said, adding that normal operations were continuing at Cullinan and Koffiefontein.

by David McKay

CWU to hold media briefing

CWU will be briefing media on its intended strike against:
The collapse of SOE’s, namely South African Post Office; Sentech; Broadband Infraco; USAASA; The proposal by National Treasury to sell shares in Telkom to bail out SAA; The delay by the Reserve Bank to grant the Post Bank a banking licence; The Minister’s reluctance to give the South African Post Office the go-ahead to distribute welfare grants

Date: Wednesday 20th September 2017
Time: 11h00
Venue: 20th Floor, 222 Smit Street, Braamfontein

For more information, please contact General Secretary, Aubrey Tshabalala, on 0614811080


Exxaro tables new wage offer in bid to end NUM strike at two collieries

SABC News reports that diversified miner Exxaro has tabled a new offer in respect of its employees at the Grootegeluk coal mine, in Lephalale and the Leeuwpan coal mine, in Delmas Mpumalanga, in a bid to end a strike over a salary increase.

Thousands of NUM members downed tools on Thursday demanding a 10% wage increase against the company’s offer of 6.5%.  National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) deputy general secretary, William Mabapa, indicated:  “They have given us an offer that we do not want to disclose in the media, but we are going to give feed back to the workers on Monday and we will meet again (with management) on Monday to give feedback.  Depending on the outcome, we will take it from there, but we are optimistic that we may resolve the strike on Monday.”

by Witness Tiva

COSATU Eastern Cape supports the CEPPWAWU strike

COSATU in the Eastern Cape says that it supports the protected strike by CEPPWAWU members at Budget Office Furniture because of their employer’s intransigence and refusal to listen to their wage demands. Budget Furniture has a contract with the Eastern Cape Department of Education to supply school desks, chairs and tables.

COSATU is also calling on Budget Office Furniture to accede to the workers justifiable and reasonable demands and stop refusing to engage on the union’s proposed compromises to resolve the impasse. If the Budget management fails to sit down with the union and resolve the matter urgently; COSATU says it will call for solidarity action from other affiliates in support of CEPPWAWU.

The NUM is strongly opposed to the retrenchment of 30 workers by Ultimate Dynamics

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is strongly opposed to the retrenchment of 30 NUM members by a construction company called Ultimate Dynamics which has sites in the following areas; Bloemfontein, Vryburg, Rustenburg, KZN, Hammanskraal and Khuma respectively. The NUM is opposed to these retrenchments because the company has not complied with Section 189(A) of the Labour Relations Act. “The company lawyer issued notices of retrenchment on the 14th of August 2017 wherein, he informed workers that their contracts will be terminated on the 31st August 2017 and we opposed to such a short notice and further requested them to comply with section 189(A) of the LRA which require the employer to provide sufficient reason for their intention and further provide necessary information pertinent to the process.

To this end, we came to conclusion without any contradictions that this company is one of the worse companies. They don’t want unions in their fold,” said Maja Mphahlele, NUM Matlosana Regional Coordinator. The company intends to retrench 30 workers situated in Hamanskraal. The NUM convened a meeting with the company but unfortunately, they referred the NUM to their lawyer who convened a meeting and subsequently confirmed the company’s intention to retrench.

For more information, please contact:
Maja Mphahlele: NUM Matlosana Regional Coordinator:
082 677 4241

UCT and five unions reach agreement

GroundUp reports that on Thursday, over 150 workers at the University of Cape Town together with several student leaders met at the Leslie Social Science Building to discuss an agreement reached on Wednesday between UCT management and five trade unions. Five trade unions were part of the negotiations: National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU), South African Liberated Public Sector Workers Union (SALIPSWU), Democratised Transport Logistics and Allied Workers’ Union (DETAWU), University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU), and the UCT Employees Union (UCTEU).

UCT agreed to give shift allowances for staff working night shifts, more pay for working Sundays and holidays, and a new shift pattern for residence catering starting 1 October 2017. The university committed to offering four-hour casual workers full-time positions starting 1 November 2017. It also agreed that pregnant women would no longer work night shifts.

by Laura Bratton

Engen may lay off a number of employees

Business Report writes that job cuts are looming at Engen Petroleum, Africa’s oil and gas company amid a shake up of the business. Engen whose refinery in Durban has a nameplate capacity of 120 000 barrels of crude a day said it was in talks with employees to streamline the business in a bid to remain competitive. Gavin Smith, Engen’s group communications manager said Engen which employed 3 000 people had examined its operational structure, with employees, that had resulted in certain positions being affected.

Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) national coordinator, Jerry Nkosi, said yesterday voluntary packages had first been offered to the management level in February and had  members who were on the low level had been offered packages. A  source within the company said employees had received letters in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act. Smith declined to divulge how many employees would be affected saying “any estimate as to the total reduction in the number of jobs at this stage would be pure speculation”. Smith said petrol attendants would not be affected by the process.

by Dineo Faku