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amcu thumb medium80 81Bloomberg reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) plans to demand a R12,500 monthly minimum wage from some of the country’s top gold producers in upcoming wage negotiations.  

The union decided on its demands on Sunday at a mass meeting near Carletonville.  It is the second largest union represented at the centralised bargaining forum for gold producers, which include AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye-Stillwater and Harmony Gold, according to the Minerals Council SA (formerly known as the Chamber of Mines).  Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa commented that what workers were currently paid “isn’t fair”.  Amcu will also be calling for an increase in benefits ranging from severance pay to transport costs and longer maternity leave.  It also wants a five-day work week to replace the present shift system.  The union’s demand would mean a substantial increase in the producers’ costs.  The biggest union at the companies, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), in April submitted a list of demands for a two-year agreement that called for entry-level underground pay of R10,500 a month.

  • Read this report by Paul Burkhardt, Ntando Thukwana & Odwa Mjo at Moneyweb

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