Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 25 July 2008 – Mining giant De Beers and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have reached an agreement which prevented the planned strike – scheduled to have started at six p.m. yesterday – from taking place.
A statement issued here by De Beers confirmed that the NUM had formally advised it by letter that the parties had now both agreed on a settlement of the 2008 wage negotiation.
“The NUM has accepted the offer made of 12% for 2008, backdated to May,” it stated. “Therefore the notice of industrial action scheduled for 18:00 on Thursday 24 July has been withdrawn by the NUM.”
De Beers has communicated with the five of its operations affected by this agreement, informing employees that a settlement has been reached and therefore normal working conditions apply.
The detail of the agreement is as follows: a 12% increase for 2008; the new entry-level salary before benefits is now R4 459; the company offers employees additional benefits and an incentive bonus scheme based on exceeding targets at the employees’ own mine; and the bonus is payable on a quarterly basis.
There are 2 612 employees on the six De Beers mines in the bargaining unit represented by NUM. The NUM bargains for five of the six land based operations; and in a separate forum for employees in the deep sea mining operation known as the South African Sea Area (SASA), off the west coast of the Northern Cape.