An independent audit commissioned by the Chamber of Mines of South Africa this week on union membership applications revealed that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) remained the dominant union in the gold mining sector, despite contrary claims by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).

AMCU had claimed that the boxes contained application submissions for its members that had not been processed by gold producers AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold, which had been uncovered through an independent audit it had commissioned.

The results of gold producer union representation verification, which have been agreed by an AMCU and representatives at the respective mining companies, revealed that 95% of the 6 510 submissions received were not valid.

Another 308 membership applications submitted by AMCU were found to be valid and are being processed.

According to data revealed by the gold producers, NUM currently accounted for 52% of union representation in the gold industry, followed by AMCU with 30%, while UASA accounted for 7% and Solidarity for 2%.

Union representation at a company level indicated that NUM accounted for 47% at AngloGold Ashanti, 44% at Sibanye Gold, 66% at Harmony Gold, while AMCU accounted for 35%, 38% and 15% of employee representation at each respective company.

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