South African unions reject gold wage offers

Labor unions representing workers gold mines South African gold mines rejected pay increases from four producers, alleged the body representing employers on Wednesday.

 The Mineral Council South Africa said this in conclusion of the talks held in Johannesburg.

The Minerals Council South Africa released an emailed statement saying the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and UASA rejected offers of 3.5% to 4.5% and 6% to 7.2% depending on the worker’s category.

The companies involved are AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., Harmony Gold Mining Co., Sibanye Gold Ltd. and Village Main Reef Ltd.

The National Union of Mine Workers is demanding that salaries of entry level surface workers be adjusted to up to R9 500, with R10 500 for entry level underground employees and a 15% increase for all officials.

“The Minerals Council’s latest offer is not only lower than the inflation rate, but it is also significantly lower than the latest offers being made to lower category (Category 4 – 8) employees” the union said.

Talks are scheduled to resume next week.


Source: Bloomberg


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