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Buffalo Coal Solidarity members enter fourth year without pay increase

According to Solidarity, some of its members at the Buffalo Coal Mine’s two facilities near Dundee had not received any salary increases for three consecutive years.

According to Jan du Plessis, organiser in the mining industry at Solidarity, the employer has “once again refused” to give Solidarity members on the C Band (miners, artisans and officials) a salary increase this year.

“It will, therefore, be the fourth consecutive year of no salary increases for our members,” Du Plessis said in a statement.

[quote]Solidarity also noted that it has come to their attention that AMCU members on the B Band, a lower job level, have received a 12% increase this year. In 2015 they received an overall wage increase of 6%, and they received a 9% increase in 2014 and a 12% increase in 2013,” Du Plessis said.

Du Plessis said that in terms of sections 64 and 134 of the Labour Relations Act, Solidarity has applied for a strike certificate from the CCMA on behalf of its members.

“The CCMA has already accepted our application on the grounds of urgency. However, Solidarity will first grant the employer the opportunity to participate in a conciliation process at the CCMA on 19 July. Should the employer decline to participate in the CCMA process, our members will go on a protected strike,” Du Plessis said.