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The ball is in Chamber of Mines' court - NUM strikers

Approximately 30 000 coal mineworkers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are continuing with a nationwide strike.

Miners have been negotiating wages and working conditions at several companies, including Anglo Coal, Glencore and Kroonfontein.

NUM Highveld deputy chairperson Nelson Ratshishi, said the union's initial demands had changed since the first negotiations. The NUM is demanding an increase of at least R 1000 in the lowest paid category, while employers are offering only R300.

The ball is in the court of the Chamber of Mines, the NUM is ready and is flexible.

Nelson Ratshishi, NUM Hihgveld Deputy Chairperson

Listen to the full conversation (with Ray White standing in) on The Midday Report:

NUM members downed tools at coal operations from 6pm on Sunday and warned that the strike would have a negative impact on investment. The union urged mine bosses to present a better wage offer if they wanted miners to go back to work.

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