Mineworkers union declares wage dispute with Kumba Iron Ore | AfriTV Online

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said Wednesday at the Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Commission (CCMA) that it had declared a wage dispute with Kumba Iron Ore. NUM wants Kumba to increase wages for the lowest-paid workers by 8 percent ...

south, africa, mineral, resources, mining, business

Mineworkers union declares wage dispute with Kumba Iron Ore

Published by: O. Elijah
08/26/2020 07:40 PM

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said Wednesday at the Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Commission (CCMA) that it had declared a wage dispute with Kumba Iron Ore.

NUM wants Kumba to increase wages for the lowest-paid workers by 8 percent and the highest-paid workers by 6.5 per cent.

While the union and the company are in agreement on the increases, NUM said in a statement that the point of contention was Kumba 's intention to end the 120-day sick leave policy for workers.

"Strives to convince the company to tackle the issue differently were unsuccessful and that makes the issue. The only stumbling block to sign off the wage agreement," it said.

Mpho Phakedi, the NUM treasurer-general and chief negotiator at Kumba, said the union was still keen to find an amicable solution to the dispute.

 

Workers had already agreed to many compromises, including on actual wage increases and housing allowances, and had dropped some demands, such as an increase in the retirement fund for workers and a three-year salary agreement, he said.

 

"With all those efforts and compromises (Kumba) the refusal to play their part persisted," Phakedi said.

News images

Tags:

Share

Related videos

Powered by WebTV Solutions