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goldbarsNetwerk24 reports that the Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) tabled new wage offers in negotiations on Wednesday and Thursday with the four unions representing members in the sector.  

The talks cover some 80,000 workers employed by AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye-Stillwater, Harmony Gold and Village Main Reef, who are represented by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Solidarity and the United Association of SA (Uasa).  The producers’ revised offers range from 6% to 7.2% for ‘category 4 to 8 employees’ and from 3.5% to 4.5% for artisans, more senior mineworkers and officials.  The companies also made concessions on living out allowances; meal interval allowances; upgrading category 4 supervisors to category 5; and severance pay.  NUM general secretary David Sipunzi responded:  “This is indeed a war being declared by the gold producers.  We will take their offers to our members with immediate effect and they are the one who will give us a way forward."  Gideon du Plessis, general secretary of Solidarity, said the offers were lower than what his members expected, although the move created a platform for continued constructive negotiations.  The next round of talks will take place on 15 August 2018.

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