The four-day unprotected strike at the Petra Diamond Mine in Cullinan, east of Pretoria, has officially ended. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and mine management have reached agreement.
NUM says its members at the mine are expected back at work today. The workers had been demanding a R12 500 basic salary.
The mine's General Manager Juan Kemp says, "We apply the no work, no pay principle to the people who took part in the illegal industrial strike at the Cullinan Diamond Mine. And that we also know the backdrop of what is happening in the country in the mining industry at the moment, we decided not to take disciplinary action against employees that were absent without our permission as a result of this industrial action."
NUM Secretary of NUM in Gauteng, Mpho Phakedi, says salary negotiations will be held next week at the Central Bargaining Forum.
"We have just finalised the process of engaging with the employer with regard to the strike here in Cullinan. We have agreed that workers will start to come to back to work as from tomorrow, and we expect them to be all here at least by Sunday, continuing with the operation or reporting for work. We are looking forward to engaging with the company as from next week with regard to wage negotiations," says Phakedi.