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Numsa members embark on strike at Toyota

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members have embarked on a strike at Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) Prospecton plant, in Durban, as well as at its warehouse facility in Atlas road, in Johannesburg. The union said in a statement on Monday that TSAM routinely failed... 

Northam, NUM sign three-year wage deal

By: Reuters     2nd October 2018 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has signed a three-year wage deal with platinum producer Northam Platinum that secures wage hikes of more than double the inflation rate for its members, the union said on Tuesday. Depressed prices and rising costs mean South African mining... 

Sibanye says union wage demands may lead to more closures

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2018 South Africa’s struggling gold sector would be forced to close more mine shafts if labor unions’ wage demands were implemented, according to the country’s top producer of the precious metal. The largest union in the gold industry, the National Union of Mineworkers, this week said it’s deadlocked... 

Numsa lodges wage dispute with AMSA

By: African News Agency      17th July 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said on Tuesday it had lodged a dispute at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) against ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) after reaching a deadlock in wage talks. The union is demanding an 11% wage increase across the... 

Trade unions to respond to Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

By: African News Agency      20th June 2018 Trade unions involved in wage negotiations with Eskom will give a joint response to the power utility's revised 4.7 percent wage offer when the talks resume for the second day on Wednesday morning. In a joint statement, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of... 

Trade unions to debate Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

By: News24Wire      20th June 2018 All recognised trade unions at Eskom met with South Africa's power utility on Tuesday to restart wage talks and would debate the new offer, the unions said. In a joint statement, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, and Solidarity said they met... 

Eskom says power system will take up to 10 days to recover from strike impact

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 State electricity company Eskom said late on Sunday its power system remained constrained and would take up to ten days to recover from the effects of last week's wage strike. Eskom warned consumers to work on the assumption that rolling power interruptions, or loadshedding, implemented over the... 

Wage protests threaten South African power supply

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 About 1 000 union members picketed Eskom's headquarters on Thursday in a wage dispute that threatens the cash-strapped South African utility's ability to deliver power. There have been no reports of outages in Africa's most industrialised economy, but Eskom said that some plants had cut output,... 

Labour unions picket Eskom office in wage dispute

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Hundreds of union members picketed outside the headquarters of Eskom on Thursday because of a wage dispute which has hurt the cash-strapped South African power utility's ability to deliver electricity to Africa's most industrialised economy. Labour unions, angered by Eskom's failure to raise... 

Miner killed in accident at Sibanye's Driefontein mine

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers said on Friday a miner was killed by falling rocks at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein gold mine, where seven workers died four weeks ago in a cave-in following a seismic event. Sibanye, which saw its share price sink about 28% in May, noted on... 

Optimum, Koornfontein employees have not been paid March salaries – NUM

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday said its members at the Optimum and Koornfontein mines have not been paid their March salaries, despite the business rescue practitioner (BRP) promising to pay the workers by Thursday evening. In meetings held between the BRP and the NUM, the BRP... 

South African court grants union interdict blocking renewable energy deal

By: African News Agency      13th March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said it had obtained an urgent court interdict preventing power utility Eskom from signing renewable energy contracts on Tuesday with 27 independent power producers (IPPs). The move will be a blow for independent producers who say the deals would... 

NUM says branch leader at Lonmin unit shot dead

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that its branch chairman at Eastern Platinum Mine, a unit of Lonmin, was shot by unknown assailants and subsequently died in hospital. The shooting is the latest in a spate of such incidents on the platinum belt, which has been the scene of... 

General Motors rebuffs allegations of acting in bad faith

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 General Motors (GM) on Wednesday rebuffed allegations that it had acted unilaterally without consulting trade unions about its disinvestment from South Africa and the resulting imminent retrenchments. This comes after GM announced last week that it was disinvesting from South Africa and that it... 

Numsa demands full disclosure of GM deal with Isuzu

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Wednesday that it was demanding full disclosure on General Motors' (GM's) deal with Isuzu. This comes after the Numsa officials met with GM employees on Tuesday in Port Elizabeth to discuss details of the company’s decision to... 

NUM to begin wage negotiations with Kumba Iron Ore

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Tuesday, it will this week start wage negotiations with Kumba Iron Ore as the three-year agreement comes to an end on June 30. The NUM said it will table the demands of its members in Kumba Iron Ore operations in the Northern Cape, in Kolomela and... 

Brown defends shock Molefe reinstatement, as Koko takes leave amid forensic probe 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has defended her decision to accept the Eskom board’s much-criticised recommendation that Brian Molefe be reinstated as CEO and see out his five-year contract to 2020 on the basis that it offered “better value” than the alternative of paying him a... 

NUM declares dispute with Evander Gold Mines

By: Anine Kilian     18th April 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared a dispute with Evander Gold Mine, a subsidiary of Pan African Resources, saying the company refused to implement both the voluntary separation package (VSP) and retrenchment agreement.   “During our engagements with the company, the number of... 

Pan African ups earnings, pays record dividend

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2017 Precious metals and coal producer Pan African Resources on Wednesday announced higher earnings and revenues, and a record dividend pay-out of R300-million, despite lower gold production in the six months to December 31. Earnings per share increased by 33.4% to 16.58c a share and the board... 

Implats refinery workers in South Africa strike over pay

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2016 Members of a union representing more than half the worker’s at Impala Platinum Holdings' refinery in South Africa started a strike Tuesday after talks over pay and benefits broke down. About 500 people who are members of the National Union of Mineworkers didn’t report for duty after five rounds... 

NUM supports striking members at Northern Cape mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th September 2016 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday said it supported employees who were striking at manganese and iron-ore junior Diro Resources’ operation, in Kathu, in the Northern Cape. The mine is said to have not paid its employees since May. 

NUM delivers list of grievances to De Beers

By: Samantha Herbst     14th January 2016 About 150 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members on Thursday took to the streets of Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, to protest the sale of South African diamond-mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines’ (DBCM’s) Kimberley Mines to a consortium comprising Ekapa Mining and the London-listed... 

De Beers sells Kimberley Mines to Ekapa, Petra for R102m cash 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2015 South African diamond-mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has sold its Kimberley Mines to a consortium made up of Ekapa Mining and the London-listed Petra Diamonds. Petra CEO Johan Dippenaar on Tuesday announced the acquisition of 49.9% of Kimberley Mines in consortium Ekapa Mining,... 

Eskom on Arnot job losses: SA can't afford output costs

By: News24Wire      1st December 2015 Power utility Eskom has expressed concern over reports about the possible closure of Arnot coal mine and the job losses that would inevitably follow such a move, as well as anger with what it termed the leaking of confidential information. "Eskom is deeply concerned about the recent media reports... 

NUM shocked by Lonmin cutting thousands of jobs

By: News24Wire      24th July 2015 The National Union of mineworkers (NUM) on Friday decried a plan by Lonmin to cut 6 000 jobs as it readies to close or mothball several mine shafts in a bid to survive plunging prices. "This is a bloodbath of job losses in the mining industry. It is a tragedy for the mineworkers in South Africa,"... 

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