Despite indicating its intention to accept the gold producers’ final gold wage offer, trade union Solidarity was unable to meet the producers’ conditions, and therefore, no deal has been made, the producers said late Monday afternoon.
As indicated to the negotiating parties on various occasions, the producers made the point that the final offer was made on the basis that all four unions accepted the offer. Because the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and the National Union of Mineworkers had rejected the offer last week, the condition has not been met.
This follows Solidarity’s announcement on Monday that it has accepted the gold producers’ final gold sector wage offer tabled by the Chamber of Mines, which would see its members employed at Sibanye Gold and AngloGold Ashanti receive a 6% increase and CPI for years 2 and 3 of the agreement while those employed at Harmony Gold will receive a 4.8% increase and CPI for years 2 and 3 of the agreement.
Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis said on Monday that although the union is not satisfied with the final offer that is on the table, Solidarity’s members were given the mandate to accept the Chamber’s final offer given the” enormous” pressure that the industry is currently facing.
“It is of utmost importance to ensure the sustainability of the mining industry and to keep the possibility of retrenchments to a minimum. We place great emphasis on ensuring job security and stability in the mining industry,” Du Plessis added.