The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has reached a wage agreement with China African Precious Metals, marking an end to the five day underground sit-in by its members.
The 69 mineworkers which staged an underground sit-in last week Saturday at the company’s N0 7 Shaft in Orkney, North West province over CAPM’s refusal to listen to the mineworkers demands have resurfaced from underground,
According to NUM, the workers all resurfaced at 6:30 pm on the evening of 22 May singing and chanting slogans following the wage agreement.
The workers staged the sit-in after the company turning down their demand of ensuring that job grading is linked to positions and workers be given a living out allowance.
The parties have agreed to the following conditions:
- An 8% salary increase will be paid to all Workmen (category 4-8) and Unionmen (miners, artisans, banksman, and onsetters) based on their current salary. The increment will be backdated to the 1st of January 2019.
- Management agrees to effect a job grading exercise with the involvement of organised labour not later than 30 June 2019
- A living out allowance of R900 will be paid as from 1 May 2019.
- Management undertakes to pay an acting allowances to all employees (Workmen and Unionmen) who perform a job higher than their current substantive position.
The mineworkers made it clear that they do not want management to take disciplinary action against them.