South African Coal Workers to Strike Over Wages From SundayRenee Bonorchis
More than 30,000 coal miners in South Africa plan to go on strike over pay on Sunday at the local operations of Glencore Plc, Anglo American Plc and Exxaro Resources Ltd.
The National Union of Mineworkers, the biggest labor group in South Africa’s coal industry, submitted its strike application on Thursday after wage talks collapsed, spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu said by mobile phone from Johannesburg on Saturday. The union represents about 70 percent of the workers in the coal industry, he said.
NUM, as the union is known, said in an e-mailed statement the strike will begin at 6 p.m. local time.
The union has rejected the companies’ wage offers and wants increases of 12 percent to 13 percent for the lowest-paid workers. South Africa’s coal-mining industry directly employs almost 90,000 people, according to the Chamber of Mines.