Johannesburg - Thousands of striking coal-mine workers are expected to return to work on Wednesday after a two-year wage increase agreement was signed by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and coal producers.
NUM’s 30 000 members embarked on a wage strike last week following the issuing of a non-resolution certificate by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
The union demanded a R1 000 increase for lower-level workers, while the coal producers, including Anglo Coal, Glencore and Exxaro Coal, offered a wage increase of between R300 and R600.
The employer body, the Chamber of Mines, tabled a revised offer, which the union agreed to on Tuesday.
The agreement would see most workers in categories 4 to 8 receive increases, staggered over a period of time, of between R750 and R1 000 per month in Year 1 and guaranteed increases of 7.5 percent in the second year.