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handshake thumb medium90 90The Minerals Council SA (MCSA – previously called the Chamber of Mines) advised on Friday that Village Main Reef had concluded a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa.  

The three-year agreement will run until 30 June 2021.  The three unions represent 76% of employees within the bargaining unit of around 6,400 employees.  The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is still considering the offer.  The agreement will see increases to the basic wages of so-called ‘Category 4-8’ employees of R575 in each of the next three years.   For underground entry level employees, this will be a 7% increase in the first year.  Miners, Artisans and Officials will receive increases of 4.25% in the first year, and increases equal to the CPI in each of the following two years.  In addition to the basic wage, the parties agreed to an increase in the Living-out Allowance for Kopanang employees amounting to R100 in September 2018, and R50 in each of the two subsequent years, taking the total to R2,300.  Those at Village’s Tau Lekoa mine already receive that amount.  A number of non-wage items were also agreed upon.  Wage negotiations in respect of Sibanye-Stillwater with Amcu, the NUM, Uasa and Solidarity are continuing under the auspices of the CCMA.  Agreements covering AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony were reached previously.

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