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Unions declare dispute over wage talks with gold firms

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Three South African unions said on Wednesday that wage negotiations in the gold sector had hit a deadlock and they had declared a dispute, a move that is one step short of a strike. Solidarity, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and UASA said their wage talks with... 

NUM says ready to sign Eskom's wage offer

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday it was ready to sign a three-year wage offer from state power firm Eskom provided the utility agrees not to discipline staff who went on strike illegally. Investors want to see a resolution to the standoff between workers and Eskom as any... 

Trade unions to respond to wage offer in the gold sector

By: African News Agency      25th July 2018 Trade unions are expected to formally respond to wage offer tabled by gold producers when the third round of negotiations resume on Wednesday in Boksburg east of Johannesburg. Gold producers tabled an opening offer of a three-year wage proposal ranging from 5.5% and 6.5% for underground... 

Ramaphosa embarks on Eskom overhaul

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 A month after Cyril Ramaphosa took the helm of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December, he called an urgent meeting with then-President Jacob Zuma and senior ministers to save state power firm Eskom. Ramaphosa understood sweeping changes were needed at the struggling... 

Num denies reports it wanted to postpone wage talks with Eskom

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) on Monday slammed reports that it had called for the postponement of wage negotiations with power utility Eskom because of its congress this week.  "The Num congress is starting on Wednesday at the Birchwood Hotel and that will not affect the wage... 

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday welcomed government’s decision, on Tuesday, to hold off on the signing of power purchase agreements with 27 independent power producers (IPPs).  

NUM says members not paid at Gupta-owned Optimum mine

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that its members had not been paid on time at the Optimum coal mine, which is owned by the Gupta family, and would not return to work at the operation which has started business rescue proceedings. "The guys were not paid and they want a... 

NUM calls on workers to report unsafe working conditions

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called on its structures in the mines to confront management and employers whenever there are health and safety deviations or substandard working conditions. In a statement, the NUM said that workers must exercise their right to refuse to work in... 

Sibanye gold miners in S Africa stuck underground, not in danger

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Sibanye-Stillwater said on Thursday that over 1 000 miners were stuck underground at its Beatrix gold mine, in South Africa, after a storm knocked out power, but they were not in danger. Spokesman James Wellsted said the miners were safe and receiving food and water. Power was being restored to... 

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... 

NUM reaches wage deal with Kangra Coal Mine, ends strike

By: African News Agency      1st December 2017 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday it had signed a three-year wage agreement with Kangra Coal Mine, effectively ending a week-long strike. In a statement, NUM said the two parties agreed on a R600 wage increase for 2017, and 7% rises for the following two years... 

NUM to march against AngloGold Ashanti’s planned retrenchments 

By: African News Agency      4th August 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is set to embark on a protest march to AngloGold Ashanti’s head office in downtown Johannesburg on Saturday. NUM spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu, said the march was against the company’s decision to issue a Section 189 process notice to retrench 8,500... 

NUM calls for Zwane’s resignation, concerned by large number of retrenchments   

By: Ilan Solomons     31st July 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday called for the resignation of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, citing a complete breakdown in relations. Speaking at a press briefing to discuss recent announcements by AngloGold Ashanti and Bokoni Platinum Mine that they will be... 

NUM goes to war over proposed Eskom power station closures

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was planning mass protest action over State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to mothball five power stations to make room for independent power producers (IPPs). In an effort to “save” Eskom from bankruptcy and privatisation, as... 

‘Ramaphosa meets our criteria for president’: Cosatu

By: African News Agency      24th November 2016 Despite being embroiled in the fallout following the Marikana killings, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was the right person to take over the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) next year. Cosatu’s second deputy president... 

Gupta-owned Oakbay responds to claims it's buying a bank

By: News24Wire      23rd June 2016 Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments on Thursday slammed media reports about an approach to buy UBank as "speculation", with "several significant untruths and misunderstandings". Oakbay Investments CEO Nazeem Howa told Fin24 in an emailed response that the company did express an early interest in UBank... 

Zondereinde losing R13m a day, will do ‘utmost’ to protect employees

By: Ilan Solomons     9th June 2016 Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde platinum mine, in Limpopo, has not suffered direct damage to any property owing to the current unrest at the mine, however, the loss of production has been about R13-million a day. Nevertheless, Northam said it would do its “utmost” to ensure the safety of its... 

Quest for living wage, need to contain costs overshadow upcoming platinum pay talks

By: David Oliveira     3rd June 2016 Striking a balance between workers receiving a living wage in line with the national inflation rate and avoid mass job cuts, owing to cash-strapped mining houses looking to reduce costs, remains a major concern for labour unions and platinum miners as wage negotiations loom. The current wage... 

ASA Metals in Limpopo to retrench 750 workers

By: African News Agency      13th January 2016 Limpopo’s ASA Metals and Dilokong Chrome Mine is set to retrench 750 workers as part of restructuring plans, a move that has been slammed by a labour union. “The company is forced into [a] restructuring process which will cause significant reduction in its operation including the number of... 

NUM members strike at Amplats’ Twickenham

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2015 More than 524 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have downed tools at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Twickenham mine, in Burgersfort, Limpopo, after Capital Development Services (CDS) served the union with a Section 189A notice as demanded by the Labour Relations Act. In a... 

NUM to fight proposed retrenchment of 3 040 Harmony Gold miners

By: Natalie Greve     1st June 2015 Labour collective, the National Union Mineworkers (NUM), says it will fight the proposed retrenchment of 3 040 workers at Harmony Gold’s Doornkop operation, west of Johannesburg, after being served with a Section 189 notice by the company on May 19. According to the union, Harmony cited the... 

Northam Platinum halts production at ‘tense’ Zondereinde

By: Natalie Greve     16th January 2015 Northam Platinum has suspended operations at its strike-hit Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo, in a bid to “secure the safety and security of employees and company assets”, the company said on Friday. “This decision has been taken amidst rising tension at the mine, owing to incidents of intimidation,... 

Less than half of striking Northam workers return to work, despite interdict

By: Natalie Greve     15th January 2015 Following the court interdict served on Northam Platinum’s striking Zondereinde employees on Wednesday, the company said that, by Thursday morning, over 40% of the shift complement of some 4 600 people had returned to work. “Management has provided those remaining striking employees with a final... 

NUM calls for removal of ‘divisive’ Northam Platinum CEO

By: Natalie Greve     14th January 2015 Labour union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for the removal of “divisive” Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne with immediate effect, alleging that he had attempted to weaken and reverse progressive policies currently regulating the company’s employee relations. The union said in a... 

Solidarity, NUM sign agreements with Sibanye to soften job cuts 

By: Leandi Kolver     13th November 2014 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday announced that it had signed a cooperation agreement with gold producer Sibanye Gold to limit the impact of job cuts at the company’s Cooke 4 shaft, on the West Rand. The agreement, in terms of which the company undertook to implement various measures and... 

AMCU will not buy Amplats mines – Gama

By: Sapa     20th August 2014 Amcu treasurer Jimmy Gama on Wednesday told MPs the union had no plans to buy two mines Amplats is selling off, while the rival NUM said it remained opposed to such a move. "Amcu is not interested in buying those mines," Gama told Parliament's mineral resources portfolio committee. 

NUM to demand 'justice' for silicosis sufferers at Anglo AGM

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th April 2014 Representatives of South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) planned to attend mining giant Anglo American’s annual general meeting, taking place this afternoon, to demand “justice” for former gold miners suffering from silicosis. NUM president Senzeni Zokwana on Thursday accused the... 

Northam strike results in revenue losses of R360m

By: Sapa     3rd December 2013 Losses in revenue and wages because of a month-long strike at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine in Limpopo are running at R400-million, the company said on Tuesday. "Revenue losses for the period amount to approximately R360-million. Employees have lost approximately R50-million in basic wages... 

NUM rejects revised Northam offer, extends strike

By: Reuters     7th November 2013 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has rejected a revised wage offer from Northam Platinum, the world's fifth largest platinum producer, extending a strike by over 7 000 workers, a spokesperson said on Thursday. The strike, now in its fifth day, involved the workforce at Northam's... 

NUM's Lonmin chairperson shot dead in Marikana

By: Reuters     18th October 2013 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday one of its shaft chairpersons at platinum producer Lonmin was shot dead in the restive platinum belt town of Marikana, an incident sure to stoke labour tensions. "He was killed last night. We don't know why at this stage, but there... 

NUM awaits Labour Court judgment on Amplats bid

By: Natalie Greve     1st October 2013 The Labour Court has reserved judgment in the application brought against Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) by The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in a bid by the union to challenge the company’s proposal to retrench 3 300 workers as part of a restructuring drive. NUM spokesperson Lesiba... 

Gold strike nears end as NUM accepts 8%, but Harmony workers stand firm

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2013 While many of South Africa’s gold miners return to work, accepting a revised offer of 8% from the country’s main gold producers, workers at Harmony Gold are standing their ground. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka confirmed on Friday that its members at Sibanye... 

Gold miners to down tools at night shift

By: Sapa     3rd September 2013 Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the gold sector will down tools on their night shift on Tuesday, the union said. "The night shift is dependent on the mine, but it generally starts between 16:00 and 18:00 in the afternoon. Those members expected to report for duty then will... 

Union puts chamber on spot over alleged Lonmin breach

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2013 The Chamber of Mines was put on the spot on Monday over member-company Lonmin’s alleged breach of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s framework agreement. The chamber signed the framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry last month on behalf of all of its members. Lonmin is accused... 

NUM blasts Numsa shop stewards over Eskom statements

By: Sapa     26th July 2013 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday denied signing a wage deal with Eskom after its sister union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) claimed it had done so. "[We] reject with contempt the lies spread by Numsa shop stewards at their meeting yesterday... 

Peacekeeping for mines mooted

By: Sapa     3rd June 2013 The government is considering deploying a peacekeeping force in the mining sector, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Monday. The objective was to contain the violence which had plagued the industry, she told reporters at OR Tambo International Airport, in Kempton Park. 

Mining industry vital for NDP – Mkhize

By: Sapa     24th May 2013 The mining industry will play an important role in delivering 11 million additional jobs as envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP), African National Congress (ANC) treasurer general Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday. "It is fair to say that the NDP, representing our vision 2030,... 

Amplats, unions and govt agree on measures to preserve jobs

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd May 2013 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), its recognised unions and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said late on Tuesday that they would resume talks at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over job cuts, on Friday. This comes as the parties reached an agreement... 

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