Chamber of Mines Walks Away from Bargaining Council for Coal Workers

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The Chamber of Mines says going forward, it would prefer to deal with cola miner unions on a decentralized basis. Image: Chamber of Mines

After not being able to reach an agreement with representative unions on the future structure and form of wage negotiations in the coal sector on Tuesday, the Chamber of Mines has opted out of its membership as part of the centralized bargaining forum.

According to a statement released by the Chamber on Wednesday, coal giants like Anglo American Coal and Glencore operations, among others, had previously indicated their intention to negotiate wages and conditions of employment for coal workers on a decentralised basis with effect from 2017.

The Chamber says going forward, after it’s current wage agreement with union lapses in June 2017, it would like to operate with unions on a decentralized basis when negotiating worker’s wages and other labour related matters.

Following their decision, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed an intent to dispute the decision, while Solidarity also released a media statement which has called on the Chamber of Mines to reconsider their stance.

The Chamber of Mine’s head of employment relations, Motsamai Mohlamme says despite threats to dispute their decision, the company remains open to further engagements with the unions.

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