Johannesburg, South Africa — 20 May 2013 – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it will be seeking pay hikes of up to 60% from the country’s gold and coal producers in upcoming wage talks, which are expected to be among the toughest ever.
Fin24 reports that the NUM said in a submission to the Chamber of Mines that it was seeking an entry-level minimum monthly wage of R7,000 for surface workers and R8,000 for those underground.
Chamber of Mines industrial relations advisor Elize Strydom said the minimum wage for surface workers was currently R4,700 and for underground miners it was R5,000, so the demands for the latter were 60%.
The NUM also said it wanted 15% hikes for “all other wage categories”, which would refer to more experienced and skilled workers.
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