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South Africa mine owners and unions broker a deal

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's gold mine owners and unions representing picketing workers said Wednesday they had reached a deal aimed at ending months of industrial unrest that has curbed production of the precious metal.

Negotiators for the Chamber of Mines and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) agreed to a series of pay rises that will be put to striking workers for approval beginning Wednesday.

The deal, if ratified, would see a pay increase for entry-level workers, and an “allowance” for rock drill and the creation of new pay scales.

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