Gold producers AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold met with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Tuesday to resolve differences of opinion on representation.

This comes after Amcu declared a deadlock last week over its union representation figures, which it subsequently referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to seek resolution.

The companies said in a statement that they are confident that the representation data is an accurate reflection of employees’ union choices. The companies’ systems have been extensively reviewed and audited, and all other unions, other than AMCU accept the accuracy of the process.

Nonetheless, the gold producers remain concerned that there appears to be a very real difference in opinion between the companies and AMCU. “It is that which we are seeking to address and resolve. We need to achieve a level of trust between the parties for any collective agreement to work,” the gold producers said.

The companies have invited AMCU to engage with them this Friday (17 July) to reach a common understanding of the processes we have in place at company level, and the veracity thereof.

The fourth round of the 2015 gold wage negotiations between the gold producers and majority union the National Union of Mineworkers and minority unions Solidarity and UASA reconvened on Wednesday and is expected to continue until Friday.

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