NUM Downs Tools At Koffiefontein Mine

PICTURE: Bloemfontein ourant

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will go on strike at Petra Diamonds’ Koffiefontein Mine in Northern Cape, the union said on Friday.

Deputy general secretary William Mabapa said the strike would be in the form of a total withdrawal of labour of all NUM members working in Petra Diamonds at the Koffiefontein Mine.

“The strike will commence on Sunday, starting with a morning shift at 6 am and include every shift that follows thereafter and will continue indefinitely until the NUM demands are met,” the union said.

“The purpose of the strike is to compel Petra Diamonds and its management to accede to the demands of the NUM.” 

The union was demanding a 10 percent wage increase across the board  for three years.

“We demand a housing subsidy and living out allowance of R1,500 to be paid every month for three years. We demand an increase of R1,000  be paid to all employees who are part of the in-house medical aid scheme and 100 percent medical aid subsidy to employees who do not belong to the in-house medical aid scheme.” 

The union also wanted  family responsibility leave to be increased from three to five days and  four days must be fully paid and one unpaid.

“We demand that annual leave days must be increased from 19 to 21 days for Petra Diamonds  Ekapa and Koffiefontein operations.We demand that the pension fund must be increased from 7.5 percent to nine percent per employer’s contribution.”

In long service the union demand that employees who have worked for 10 years must be paid R5,000,  those who have worked for 20 years to be paid R15,000, 25 years to be paid R35,000 with R7,000 for a spouse, 30 and 40 years also be paid R35,000.

– African News Agency (ANA)