Having last week reserved his decision on the consolidation of the gold wage negotiations conciliation process, senior commissioner John Shardlow on Tuesday resolved to consolidate the referrals of disputes between the Chamber of Mines representing the producers and the four unions, the Association of Mining and Construction Union (AMCU), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA.

All parties have agreed to an immediate extension to the conciliation process beyond the regulatory-allocated 30 days, with the first conciliation session scheduled for Monday 14 September 2015.

On Thursday, 3 September 2015 the Chamber of Mines motivated its application on behalf of AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold on the grounds that:

  • the demands made by all unions were made on behalf of the same employees in the same recognition  units and the producers made the same proposals to all the respective unions;
  • the disputes arise from the same collective bargaining process, in the same forum and involve similar issues; and
  • consolidation will circumvent long delays in the process and additional costs.

Speaking on behalf of the Chamber of Mines chief negotiator Dr Elize Strydom noted: “We are eager to engage constructively and meaningfully with representative unions to reach a wage agreement that ensures the sustainability of the industry and jobs.”

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