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Press statement, 22 May 2019
69 MINEWORKERS WHO STAGED A SIT-IN UNDERGROUND RESURFACED TONIGHT
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) can confirm that all 69 mineworkers who staged a sit-in underground since last week Saturday morning have resurfaced from underground at N0 7 Shaft Mine in Orkney, North West Province. They all resurfaced at 6:30 pm tonight singing and chanting slogans. This is after the NUM has reached an agreement with the Chinese African Precious Metal (CAPM) today.
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.
They spent five days underground. The NUM can also confirm that they are still healthy and strong. They made it clear that they want management not to take disciplinary action against them.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS
For further information, Please contact:Joseph Montisetse: NUM President: 082 809 2391Bonginkosi Mrasi: NUM Youth Structure National Secretary: 064 758 0661Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
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