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amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Tuesday warned gold miners Sibanye-Stillwater, Harmony Gold and Village Main Reef of an imminent strike, should they fail to meet the demands of mineworkers.  

Wage negotiations in the gold sector started in mid-July, and Amcu and the three gold mining companies have been unable to reach an agreement, leading to a deadlock in negotiations.  Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said at a media briefing that the union has referred the matter to the CCMA, with a meeting to be held on 12 September, when a strike certificate might be issued, to which the miners would have 48 hours to respond.  He commented that during the negotiating sessions, AngloGold Ashanti had had the most "progressive" approach and had made tangible offers.  Mathunjwa added that the union believed its quest of achieving a minimum wage of R12,500 a month was possible in the next three years.  The lowest paid employee working underground in the gold sector currently earns a basic salary of R6,900 a month, whereas the same employee in the platinum sector earns R11,000.

  • Read this report in full at Mining Weekly
  • Read Mathunjwa’s address at a media briefing on Tuesday at Amcu News


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