Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) has reached a two-year wage agreement with its mine employees on 30 June 2022. The agreement, which went into effect on 4 July 2022, ended a lengthy illegal strike, which commenced on 20 April 2022.
The agreement took into consideration inflationary costs faced by employees.
Employees are being appointed in a staggered fashion to meet operational requirements. It is anticipated that all 402 workers who were on strike will be back at work by 1 September 2022, with full production scheduled to take place by 1 October 2022.
ZAC General Manager, Wayne Rowe, thanked traditional leaders for their help in bringing calm and stability to the community during this turbulent period. He also noted that union leaders had helped resolve the impasse by engaging with employees who had been dismissed.
“We all need to stand united, management, employees, community members and traditional leaders, to ensure a sustainable future for ZAC. ZAC is critically important for the local communities it supports. In addition to providing jobs and contracting opportunities for community-based entrepreneurs, ZAC invests heavily in community upliftment projects. ZAC also runs education programmes, agricultural programmes, operator training initiatives, youth skills training programmes and provides bursaries, learnerships and internships to young people. By coming together and working hard to make up for lost production and to meet monthly production targets, safely, we can all ensure a sustainable future for all the mine’s stakeholders,” stated Rowe.
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