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Num signs wage deal with LafargeHolcim

Workers to get 8% pay increases.

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (Num) signed a one-year wage agreement with the local unit of cement maker LafargeHolcim, it said on Monday, ending a strike that had just entered its second week.

About 800 workers affiliated to the Num embarked on a protected strike on February 11, demanding a 13% pay rise and a R50 000 ($3.28) housing grant.

Lafarge has said that operations at the cement maker’s plants have not been affected since the strike started.

The union said it signed a one-year wage agreement which included a 8% pay increases and other benefits including raises on housing grants and allowances for taking on temporary positions. 

The Num national spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu in a statement the members had given a go-ahead to sign the deal.

The agreement comes after the Num rebutted statements that it had accepted a 8% wage increase last Friday, with LafargeHolcim maintaining that the union had agreed on the wage offer.

LafargeHolcim employs 2 200 workers at 93 sites in South Africa, according to the its website.

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