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South Africa's union signs three-year wage deal in coal sector

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South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has agreed a three-year wage agreement with coal producers, averting a sector-wide strike that could have impacted power supply.

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The union reached the agreement, which varies for each coal producer, after saying last month it would call a strike if wage demands were not met by the Chamber of Mines, the body which has been representing several mining firms in pay talks.

A strike in the coal sector could affect the nation's power supply, as most of the power in Africa's most industrialised economy is generated from the fuel.

The Chamber of Mines, which represents companies in the negotiations including Anglo American Coal, Exxaro and Glencore, said the agreement was in the best interests of employees and the industry.

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