Johannesburg, South Africa — 02 August 2013 – The main trade unions and seven gold mining companies in South Africa have held wage negotiations for the gold sector at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) here.

“Parties met the commissioner and shared information on issues in dispute. It was agreed that the process would continue next week,” Fin24 quoted chamber spokesperson Elize Strydom as saying.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity, and UASA declared a dispute with the gold producers and referred the matter to the CCMA after talks with the chamber had deadlocked last week.

The unions rejected the gold producers’ revised pay offer of a 5% increase in respect of wages and benefits. The NUM wanted surface workers to earn a minimum of R7,000 a month, and underground and open-cast workers R8,000 a month. Solidarity wanted a 10% increase.

A dispute between the chamber and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) will also be tackled next week.
The chamber declared a dispute with AMCU this week after talks on a new pay deal had stalled. AMCU had reportedly tabled a 150% increase for entry-level underground workers.

Strydom said: “The gold producers have been advised that the CCMA would engage with AMCU to consolidate that dispute into the current negotiation process as the issues in dispute are common.”

Source: Fin24. For more information, click here.