The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the Northern Cape, working together with trade union Solidarity in Assmang’s mining operations in Beeshoek, Blackrock, and Khumani, has signed a three-year wage agreement with the company.
The agreement entails increases of eight percent for the lowest earners in the first year, eight percent in the second year, and seven percent in the third year. The lowest-paid employee was currently paid R15,284.88 on a total package, which would see an eight percent increase in the first year to R16,507.67, the NUM said in a statement.
“We have also secured [a] once-off R10,000 cash tax-free [ex-gracia allowance] to our members. The company will also pay [an underground allowance of] R600 for the first year, R650 for the second year, and R700 for the third year. These achievements, which were not in existence but have been pushed for the members working underground.”
Other issues agreed upon included maternity leave and family responsibilities leave and medical-related travel assistance to specialists, the statement said.
– African News Agency (ANA)