Mining wage

Numsa suspends strike in mining companies pending wage negotiations

Workers went on strike last Monday to vent their frustrations, saying contract workers and permanent employees earned different amounts.

FILE: Numsa and Newrak have agreed to return to the wage negotiation table to discuss their grievances. Image: Xanderleigh Dookey Makhaza/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has suspended its strike at mining companies Reagetswe, Triple M and Newrak pending wage negotiations.

At least 4,000 Numsa members are employed by three outsourcing companies.

Workers went on strike last Monday to vent their frustrations, saying contract workers and permanent employees earned different amounts.

Members affiliated with the union agreed to suspend the strike to allow talks between the employer and the union to resolve these issues.

Numsa and Newrak agreed to return to the wage negotiation table to discuss their grievances.

The union said contract workers had the right to be represented by a union, especially because they were deeply exploited.

“The issue of the right to organize is a burning issue and it is the main reason why our members went on strike. Contract workers have the right to be represented by a union. Implats has created an abnormal work environment where the principle of equal pay for work of equal value is violated every day,” said Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.

Numsa said that if those talks failed, they had the right to continue the strike.