CCMA mediators began on Tuesday trying to resolve the wage dispute between trade unions and the Chamber of Mines, which represents coal producers such as Exarro, Anglo Coal, Kangra, Springlake, Kuyasa Coal and Xstrata.
The housing or living-out allowance emerged as one of the main questions at issue.
In a statement, trade union Solidarity said that it objected to the fact that conditions of service were last reviewed eight years ago and has demanded a comprehensive review within three months.
“The trade unions have been charged by their members to negotiate a double-digit wage increase,” Dykema said.
He added that coal mining companies were doing extremely well and that workers were entitled to share in the industry’s prosperity.