8 Nov 2012

Coal mines pay deal sealed

8:13 am on 8 November 2012

Coal mines and unions in South Africa have sealed a pay increase of 5% for some of the 30,000 workers in the industry.

National Union of Mineworkers general secretary Frans Baleni said it heralded the end of a wave of strikes in gold, chrome and coal mines.

Union members will also get a one-off bonus of 2000 rand.

The deal was a review of an existing two-year wage pact, signed in June 2011.

AAP reports many strikers have returned to work, but some 12,000 sacked by Anglo American still reject an offer to reclaim their jobs at platinum mines operated by Amplats.