Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) will be meeting with employers at Harmony Gold on Thursday the 29th of July 2021 where the employer will respond in detail to their demands. NUMSA is engaging the employer following the lapse of the old agreement on the 30th of June 2021.
NUMSA is demanding a three-year agreement of 15% increase in the first year, 16% in the second year and 17% in the third year.
NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim said they demand that all underground workers must get risk premium benefit or underground allowance. “Management receive this benefit but ordinary workers are denied it. Only officials are entitled and it is calculated on the scale of 0.625% per shift of the basic salary.”
Jim added that all workers are exposed to danger when they go underground therefore, all workers must get this benefit. “As a trade union, we believe in the principle of equal pay for work of equal value, and it is unfair that some workers are denied this benefit when they are also risking their lives underground.
Jim added that they need to remind the public that the mining industry owes African mineworkers a huge debt. “It is an industry which, on the whole, is backward and exploits African labour in the worst way.”