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numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has submitted wage increase demands in the gold sector of up to 37% over a two-year period, according to a document submitted to the Chamber of Mines.  

The demands far exceed the current inflation rate of 3.8% and suggest potentially tough negotiations with companies.  The document, dated 23 April, indicates the NUM wants the basic monthly pay for entry-level underground workers to rise to R10,500 over the next two years, which translates into annual increases of between 15% and 18.5%, depending on the company.  This is less than opening demands of up to 75% by the NUM in previous negotiations, a sign that lower inflation and food prices may be moderating expectations.  The three-year agreements reached in 2015 saw basic wage hikes of between 10% and 13% a year.  The Chamber negotiates in the gold sector on behalf of Harmony Gold, Sibanye-Stillwater, AngloGold Ashanti and a smaller producer.  Negotiations should kick off in June and other unions still have to submit their demands.  The NUM wants the talks to be completed by 1 July, when the next agreements are supposed to kick in.

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