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Strike ends at chrome mine

Sep 28 2012 18:16
Sapa
Johannesburg - A strike by workers at the Samancor Western Chrome mine in Rustenburg for a monthly pay of R12 500 has ended, the mine said on Friday.

It said wage negotiations at the mine had been finalised and a salary deal was signed early on Friday.

Workers at the mine went on strike on September 14, demanding R12 500 after deductions.

They also wanted a R1 500 sleep-out allowance and a R1 500 underground allowance.

The mine did not elaborate on the terms of the agreement reached on Friday.

A group of 400 workers at the mine held an underground sit-in on Thursday. They had vowed to remain underground until their demands had been met.

On Friday afternoon, Samancor said the group had emerged from underground and that the shaft had been cleared. It said the group did not form part of a union, and had tabled a separate set of demands.

A strike co-ordinating committee said the agreement was reached between management and the National Union of Mineworkers members only.

Spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei said although the group had ended the sit-in, they would still be protesting for higher wages.

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