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coalBusinessLive reports that trade unions and coal companies represented by the Chamber of Mines (COM) were due to meet on Monday for a crucial round of talks on a multiyear wage deal that will either lead to an agreement or to the launch of dispute proceedings.  

Coal companies represented by the COM in the centralised negotiations are Anglo American Coal, Delmas Coal, Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga, Kangra Coal, Koornfontein and Glencore.  Peter Bailey of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents between 15,000 and 20,000 members at the talks, said the parties had been on the verge of a dispute after the last negotiations three weeks ago, but had agreed to go back to their constituencies. At Monday‚Äôs meeting they would discuss the feedback and if no agreement was possible they would declare a dispute, which would be adjudicated by the CCMA.  Bailey added that he was confident a settlement was achievable.

  • Read this report by Charlotte Mathews in full at BusinessLive

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