Over 30 000 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members from the South African coal sector went on strike on Sunday 4 October after wage talks between the unions and coal companies failed last week.

The NUM coal strike comes after NUM and affected companies – Anglo Coal, Glencore, Exxaro Coal, Kangra, Delmas Coal and Msobo – reached a deadlock in talks last week when the parties were unable to reach an agreement over the R1000 demanded by NUM for the lowest category and 14% for the artisans, miners and officials demand by the NUM.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) subsequently issued a certificate of non-resolution to the dispute.

Eskom said on Monday that while the strike may not have an immediate effect on coal supplies, prolonged industrial action may deplete the utility’s stockpiles, which may impact its ability to generate sufficient electricity.

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