Featured

Following the three-year wage agreement signed with employers in the metals and engineering sector, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has announced it will be meeting with the Chamber of Mines to discuss wages in the coal-mining sector. Numsa is looking for a 15% wage increase for coal miners, despite the fact that it achieved less than half that amount in the etals and engineering sector.

Numsa is focusing on Glencore Plc, one of the world’s largest natural resource commodities producers, in its current negotiations. The union’s demand for 15% wage increase across the board equates to a R1 020 increase for the lowest paid worker, a once-off R80 000 housing subsidy, and a 20% increase in all allowances. This is almost triple the inflation rate of 4.6%.

Numsa looks for 15 wage increase in coal sector“As Numsa, we believe that our demands are fair given that mining houses in South Africa have made obscene profits in the last 23 years and they continue to do so, whilst the working and living conditions of workers have not improved at all to the same degree,” Numsa acting spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi said in a statement.

“Every year since 2012, at least 73 people die underground as a result of mining accidents because mining bosses don’t have the political will to improve safety conditions. Capitalists argue that they deserve to make millions because they put up the finances to fund the mining company, and yet they place no value on the life of an African worker,” Hlubi said.

“They must prove that they value the lives of our members and their families. They have not begun to make up for the suffering they caused under Apartheid, therefore they have no choice, they have a duty to drastically improve living and working conditions of workers.”

Image credit: https://twitter.com/phakxx

Magazines

African Fusion

AfricanFusionAfrican Fusion, the official publication of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), aims to provide up-to-date insight into welding technology and the welding industry.

Capital Equipment News

Capital Equipment News is dedicated to the application of equipment and modes of transport that are used in the mining, construction, quarrying, and transport industries.

Construction World

ConstructionWorldConstruction World was first published in 1982 and has grown to become a leader in its field, offering a unique mix of editorial coverage to satisfy the diverse needs of its readers.

Electricity + Control

ElectricityandControlE + C publishes innovative, technical articles that provide solutions to engineering challenges in measurement, automation, control, and energy management.

Lighting in Design

LightingandDesignLighting in Design is a glossy, upmarket publication aimed at lighting professionals. It is the only B2B magazine in SA that is dedicated solely to the subject of lighting.

MechChem Africa

MechChemJanuary2017cover MechChem Africa supports African engineering and technical managers across the full spectrum of chemical and mechanical disciplines.

Modern Mining

ModernMiningEstablished in 2005, Modern Mining is one of SA's leading monthly mining magazines, noted for the quality and accuracy of its writing and the breadth of its coverage.

Modern Quarrying

ModernQuarryingModern Quarrying is firmly entrenched as a leading industry-specific magazine. It focuses on promoting the science and practice of quarrying and processing in southern Africa.

Sparks Electrical News

SparksElectricalNewsReadable and informative, Sparks Electrical News is the newspaper for those involved in installing and maintaining electrical supplies and equipment.

 
Full Name*
Invalid Input

Company Name*
Invalid Input

Your Email*
Invalid Input

Phone*
Invalid Input

Postal Address 1*
Invalid Input

Postal Address 2*
Invalid Input

Postal Code*
Invalid Input

Street Address 1
Invalid Input

Street Address 2
Invalid Input

Postal Code
Invalid Input

Town / City*
Invalid Input

Country*
Invalid Input

Magazine

Invalid Input

Invalid Input