Representatives from AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef met with representatives from the Association of Mining and Construction Workers Union, the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and Uasa on Tuesday to discuss the parties’ approach to the 2015 gold wage negotiations process.
“The [gold mining] industry is at a crossroad. We need a measured and strategic conversation between partners with the aim of jointly considering ways to achieve a sustainable industry that attracts investment and offers a level of employment security within realistic parameters.”
“This clearly requires a different approach to negotiations – an approach that provides for in-depth, focused engagements and joint solution-seeking discussions. The gold companies will be tabling a proposal on an Economic and Social Sustainability Compact for the long-term benefit of all the stakeholders,” Chamber of Mines chief negotiator Dr Elize Strydom said in a statement.
With this in mind, the gold producers proposed to the unions that:
- Engagement be conducted at a venue that provides for both large plenary and focused meetings that cannot be provided for in the Chamber of Mines building, and
- Independent chairperson/s.
These proposals were accepted by all four unions.
On this basis, the companies advise that gold wage negotiations will begin on June 22, 2015, and are scheduled for three days.
Further dates and details regarding the venue and chairperson/s will be advised in due course.