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numEWN reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says its members at the Optimum Coal mine are not willing to return to work until their salaries have been paid.  

According to the union, over 1,000 workers - some directly employed by Optimum and others working for a contractor – protested outside the Mpumalanga mine on Monday.  Apparently, the Optimum employees have not been paid their November salaries, which were due last week, while payments in respect of the contract workers are two months behind.  The NUM's Nelson Ratshoshi said:  “Based on the situation that they are in, in relation to the amount they are owed by Eskom, they are advocating to pay those employees their salaries by Friday.”  Optimum is one of Eskom's coal suppliers, but has not been in production since February when it was placed under business rescue.  Eskom said that, while the stay away was concerning, it won't affect the grid.

  • Read the short original report by Kgomotso Modise at EWN

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