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South African coal miners end strike
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Tuesday, 02 Aug 2011
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South African coal miners on Monday ended their weeklong strike after signing a pay rise agreement ranging from 7.5% to 10.5%.

The Chamber of Mines said that "The strike in the coal mining industry has been called off after the companies and the unions were on Monday able to find consensus on wage increases and other conditions of employment."

The miners, artisans and officials will get 8% increase, while the operators will take home 9% and a minimum wage at entry level will rise by up to 10.5%.

The mid year winter months are known as strike season in South Africa, where contract negotiations around the end of the fiscal year on June 30 often lead to workers walking out of the job demanding double digit raises.

Companies affected by the strike included Anglo American Thermal Coal, Delmas Coal, Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga, Kangra Coal, Optimum Coal and Xstrata Coal.

(Sourced from AFP)

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