Coal of Africa re-instates 178 fired workers in South Africa.

By bne IntelliNews December 14, 2012
South African producer of thermal and coking coal Coal of Africa (CoAL) said it expects to return to normal production by the end of next week after reaching an agreement with the trade unions to reinstate 178 employees it dismissed on December 6 at its Mooiplaats coal mine for engaging in an unlawful strike. The reinstated workers, who constitute 48% of the mines total staff number, will resume their normal shifts from December 13, CoAL said in a statement. South Africas mining sector has been plagued by violent strikes that brought serious damages to Africas biggest economy. The strikes are now fading out. CoAL has two operating collieries in South Africa, producing thermal and coking coal for the domestic and export markets. It sold 1.662 million tonnes of coal to export markets in the fiscal year to end-June 2012, 923,000 tonnes of coal on the domestic market and 788,000 tonnes of coal to Eskom, South Africas national power utility.

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