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numBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it is ready to face off with gold mining companies at negotiations starting on Wednesday.  

Among other demands, the union wants entry-level wages of R10‚500 for underground workers, a 15% across the board wage increase, a living-out allowance of R3‚000 or a housing allowance of R5‚000, as well as increases in shift allowances‚ a transport allowance, a meal allowance of R120 per day and an acting allowance equal to 100% of the salary of the position.  Comprehensive changes to leave entitlements, covering annual leave, maternity leave, antenatal and postnatal leave‚ paternity leave, family responsibility leave, compassionate leave, sick leave, accident leave and study leave will be on the bargaining table too.  Among other demands‚ the NUM wants severance equal to four weeks for every year of service and a minimum severance package of R45‚000‚ from R30‚000.

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