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Unions reject latest gold wage offers

All four of South Africa’s unions – the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA – have rejected the latest gold wage offer made by producers AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony, Sibanye-Stillwater and Village Main Reef.

The offers made by the companies on 2 August 2018 ranged from 6% – 7.2% for Category 4 underground employees, and 3.5% and 4.5% for miners and artisans, and officials.

The industry believes that these were responsible and sound offers.

Chief negotiator on behalf of the gold producers, Motsamai Motlhamme noted:

“It is true that our industry is faced with a number of challenges including a stagnant gold price, rising costs and falling profitability. These challenges have had a significant impact not only on sustainability of the gold sector, but on the mining industry as a whole.

Our industry’s future, and its ability to continue to provide employment and benefits to employees, depends on the ability of all its stakeholders to act responsibly to ensure that it remains viable.”

Discussions will continue next week.