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South Africa's NUM union signs deal with LafargeHolcim

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Reuters are reporting that South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and a local unit of cement maker LafargeHolcim have reached a deal over salary improvements. The agreement has ended a strike that had just begun its second week.

On 11 February, approximately 800 workers affiliated to the NUM began a protected strike, demanding a 13% pay increase and a 50 000 rand (US$3.28) housing grant.

Lafarge has said in a statement that operations at the plants have not been affected since the strike commenced.

The union announced that it signed a one-year wage agreement which included 8% pay increase and other benefits such as raises on housing grants and allowances for taking on temporary positions.

LafargeHolcim employs 2200 workers at 93 sites in South Africa.

Edited from source by Joseph Green. Source: Reuters

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