The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) confirms it has submitted its consolidated key wage demands for the years 2021 to 2023 to the gold sector employers.
It has issued the following statement:
“The NUM has mandated the gold sector negotiating team to go all out and negotiate for good wages. The team met yesterday in an organised workshop to consolidate the demands.
“It will be for the first time in the history of bargaining in the gold sector that we will be negotiating with companies on an individual basis, outside of the traditional centralised collective bargaining council.
The NUM will be expecting arrogance from employers as they will come up with so many excuses. The NUM will meet them with the required militancy.
“Our negotiating team is ready. We have submitted our key demands and we will await dates from the gold sector employers.
“We believe that our demands are fairly reasonable and could be easily met by the employers, said NUM Acting General Secretary William Mabapa.”
The NUM gold sector key demands for 2021 to 2023 are as followed:
- The NUM demands 15% across the board
- The NUM further demands a minimum of R15 000.00
- The NUM demands that GRP must be optional
The NUM demands that the minimum for the Severance Package be R150 000.00 or four weeks per year of service
The NUM demands that Medical Aid contributions of 80% by employers and 20% by employees
Employee share ownership plan scheme
- NUM demands that dividends be paid annually
- NUM further demands that annual allocation must be more than R50 000.00
Rolling up lower band/categories
- NUM demands that A band be abolished and the minimum category be B
- Loader operator to be rolled up from B1 to B3
NUM demands that the wage gap must be closed with 10% difference in-between categories
Incapacity / ill-health agreements
NUM demands an Incapacity/Ill-health minimum of R150 000.00
NUM demands that maternity leave of six months maternity leave with full pay
NUM demands paid leave from 30 to 35 days
NUM demand that for 10 paid days
- NUM demands that all Living out Allowance be harmonized to Housing Allowance to R 5000 minimum and those above increase with the same percentage with the wage increase
- NUM demands that all employers must comply with the mining charter on the housing plan (policy).
NUM demands that the minimum stand-by allowance must be R5000.00 per month
Call out allowance
NUM demands that a call out of R500 per call is paid
Belt riding allowance
NUM demands that R2000.00 per month be paid for as a Belt Riding Allowance
Child care facilities
NUM demands that where there were Child Care Facilities, they must be revived and where there is none, they must be established.
Long service awards
NUM demands that Long Service Awards must be paid in an interval of five years and the minimum must be R10 000.00, meaning that ten years of service will be R20 000.00
Harmonization / equalization
NUM demand that the salaries, allowances and benefits of RDO’s should be harmonized/equalized in all the mines, Equal pay for equal value
NUM demands that 2% be paid in the quest to implement Equal pay for equal work of the same value
NUM demands an amount equal to R150.00 per day or R1 000 per month for Meal Intervals
NUM demands that 10% per month be paid as Underground Allowance
NUM demands that Funeral Benefits must be increased from R40 000.00 to R60 000.00
NUM demand a Sunday premium of 10%
NUM demands that sub-contractor’s agreement must be implemented as previously agreed only the scare skills contractors will be allowed
Skills retention / regional / marketing allowance
NUM demand skills retention of R4600.00
Health and safety Covid-19 leave
NUM demands 10 days COVID-19 leave