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Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that the CCMA has granted certificates of nonresolution of a dispute to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in respect of gold wage negotiations with Sibanye-Stillwater.  

Amcu has also been granted a certificate of nonresolution regarding wage talks with Harmony Gold.  Solidarity, however, agreed to Harmony’s wage offer of a 6.3% increase for 2018 and the following two years, for miners, artisans and officials, and a respective R700, R750 and R825 increase for 2018 and the following two years, for category four to eight employees.  Harmony also increased the housing allowance by R100 each year for the next three years, bringing it at the end of the period to R2,400.  Although the Harmony offer of 6.3% is slightly lower than the 6.5% increase offered by AngloGold Ashanti, Solidarity said it was still a win-win that would not impair the company’s sustainability, but would reduce financial pressure on employees, since the increase was higher than the inflation rate.  Harmony will meet with the NUM, Uasa and Solidarity next week.  Meanwhile, further talks between Sibanye and the unions will continue, since the miner reduced its 5.2% offer further to 5% on Wednesday.  Village Main Reef will continue its engagement with unions on 4 October.

  • This report appeared at Mining Weekly
  • Read too, Biggest Sibanye gold unions get approval to strike over pay, at Moneyweb

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