NUM yesterday said that it would demand a two-year wage agreement, a R9500 entry-level wage for surface workers and a R10500 entry-level wage for underground workers. The union said it would demand a R3000 living out allowance and a R5000 housing allowance. It also said that the mining companies’ contribution to medical aid should be 70percent.
NUM’s other demands include an annual leave of 35 days, six months’ fully paid maternity leave, a minimum of 10 days for family responsibility leave and unlimited accident leave.
“As the NUM, we have always maintained that wages in the mining sector remained too low, and that was as a result of the apartheid legacy when the black mining labour force was ruthlessly exploited.
"The NUM also maintained that our average member typically has 10 dependants, straining their ability to provide for their families. We expect the employers to negotiate in good faith while respecting the central bargaining forum.”