The second three-day session of the 2015 wage negotiations was concluded on Wednesday, with the parties agreeing to reconvene on Monday 6 July, when a further three-day session will take place.

Chamber of Mines chief negotiator Elize Strydom
Chamber of Mines chief negotiator Elize Strydom

The  2015 gold wage negotiations are being undertaken between gold producers, AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony GoldSibanye Gold and Village Main Reef and unions the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and UASA, led by the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa.

On Monday 29 June, the producers tabled a wage offer to employees that was based on the economic and social sustainability of the industry. The parties held discussions on the two subsequent days on details of the offer, and the producers’ models for economic and social sustainability.

“The discussions have been constructive, with a genuine interest displayed by the unions in understanding the basis of the offer.

“We understand that the unions will communicate with their members in the next few days and will formally table their responses to the offers made by the gold producers when the parties reconvene,” CoM chief negotiator Dr Elize Strydom said on behalf of the gold companies.

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