Johannesburg, South Africa — 26 March 2013 – All striking miners at five collieries and a char plant owned by diversified South African mining company Exxaro Resources have returned to work, with full production likely to resume tomorrow.
“All Exxaro workers returned to work for induction training yesterday and today. Full production will commence tomorrow,” said Solidarity deputy general secretary Gideon du Plessis, reports Fin24, citing Reuters.
The illegal walkout had threatened supply of coal to state power utility Eskom, which uses it to generate 85% of the electricity for South Africa. Exxaro is Eskom’s second-largest coal supplier.
Solidarity’s members were not on strike, but it represents skilled workers and foremen and so its rank and file knows exactly what is happening at the mines.
Exxaro and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents all of the striking miners, agreed a deal over the weekend, under which employees will receive a one-off payment of at least R2,800 each.
The strike started at two mines on March 5 and spread to other operations as workers pressed for bonuses the company refused to pay because targets had not been met.
The labour strife at Exxaro, which turned violent last week, raised concerns that last year’s wildcat mining strikes “’ which included the police killing of 34 striking platinum miners “’ could hit the coal sector, after causing major damage to platinum and gold producers.
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