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Wage dispute is over

Lesiba Seshoka,
NUM spokesman
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 28 July 2009 – South Africa’s biggest trade union “’ the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), “’ says it has accepted the latest wage offers from gold and coal companies, thereby averting a strike in the mining sector.
NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka told Reuters the union would sign the deal during the course of today.

“We are going to sign. We will definitely sign the agreements. We will sign for both the gold and coal sectors,” he confirmed. “In the gold sector, we have accepted the wage offer of between 9 and 10.5%,” Seshoka said.

The union represents close to 200 000 workers in the two sectors, and had demanded a 15% wage increase. The new deal is due to take effect as of July 1.