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harmonyReuters reports that Harmony Gold said on Wednesday that it had signed a three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa, effective from 1 July 2018.  

The deal will mean a R700 a month pay hike in the first year for the lowest-paid underground workers, which equates to an increase of about 9% according to Reuters' calculations, almost double the inflation rate.  Those workers will get increases of R750 in the second year and R825 in the third year.  The employees known as ‘miners & artisans’ and ‘officials will get 6.3% in the first year and the higher of 6.3% or CPI in each of the following two years.  The living out allowance will increase annually by R100 from 1 September 2018 for the duration of the agreement.  The three unions together represent 67% of Harmony’s workforce in SA and the agreement has been extended to all SA employees.  Harmony expressed the hope that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) would sign the agreement after it has finalised its mandating process.


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