S. African Union in Wage Talks with Miners

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"Union demands a 14% salary increase for gold and coal miners."

Reuters, Yumna Mohamed

South Africa's main mine workers union started wage talks on Monday with the country's chamber of mines as the union demands a 14% rise in salaries for gold and coal miners.

"The intention of today's talks was to get an understanding of why the demand is 14%, to show where we are coming from," National Union of Mineworkers spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said.

The talks are expected to continue next week.

Labor relations in South Africa, the world's largest platinum producer and a major gold producer, are strained as the chamber of mines has said it was concerned by demands for an above-inflation rise in salaries.

South Africa's inflation rate stood at 4.2% in April.

The gold miners usually reach two-year wage agreements with the union and the current contract expires June 30.

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