The first session of the 2015 gold wage negotiations between South Africa’s gold producers and trade unions, concerning wages and other conditions of service in the gold industry, began on Monday.

The three-day negotiation process, being held in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, will determine the wages and other conditions of service in the gold industry as of 1 July 2015.

The negotiations taking place between gold companies AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony Gold, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef and unions – the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa – are being led in this centralised collective bargaining forum by the Chamber of Mines.

The gold mining companies collectively directly employ 94 000 people in the three bargaining units engaged in negotiations, namely category 4 to 8 employees, miners and artisans, and officials.

Speaking on behalf of the gold companies’ Harmony Gold CEO Graham Briggs said: “We want to start a conversation with the leaders of organised labour and our employees that will lead to the sustainability of the gold industry for decades to come. As leaders we need to place the viability and sustainability of our industry and the jobs it provides at the centre of our discussions. We have the opportunity to collectively shape the industry’s future through a process of transparent information-sharing and working together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.”

The second session is expected to begin on 29 June.

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