Tati and Nickel Mining Company (TNMC) have increased employee salaries following negotiations with Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU).
TNMC Public Relations Manager Tebogo Rapitsenyane told Voice Money that the two Parties had been locked-up in negotiations since May 2013 that included a series of both private and Government mediations.
He said an agreement for a salary increment of 6% for bargaining employees (non-managerial staff) was made effective April 2014.
“On the 2nd of June 2014 negotiations were concluded with a Multi-Year Agreement on Salaries and Conditions of Service for two financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15. 4.5 % salary adjustment was awarded to employees outside the scope of union representation.
Management wishes to thank employees and all other stakeholders that were involved in the negotiations for their perseverance and commitment during the negotiations.” Said Rapitsenyane
When reached for a comment BMWU Francistown Regional Chairperson Kealeboga Keakantse said the matter was taken to Labour Department as employees were threatening to go on strike.
He said workers are not happy with the 6% increment because they had wanted 15%.
“Moolman Company which is contracted to TNMC increased its employees’ salary by 3% March 2013 and this year March they increased it again by 5%.
TNMC did not increase its employees’ salary last year. Why is the mother company failing?
That thing on its own angered employees and it demoralize them,” said Keakantse