Johannesburg, South Africa — 04 September 2013 – The Solidarity trade union will not take part in the South African gold sector strike at this stage, as it is still consulting with its members regarding the final wage offer by the Chamber of Mines for employees in the gold industry.
Revealing this in a statement released here, Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis said: “Solidarity expects the chamber to make a raised offer this week that will hopefully be acceptable to the union’s members.”
He added that the process of getting a mandate from members was being hampered by a lack of information regarding the gain-sharing scheme that formed part of the chamber’s final offer, reports Fin24.
“The NUM has not been willing to undergo industrial action but given the arrogance of the captains of the gold mining industry, the union is forced to embark on nationwide industrial action that will change the gold mining landscape forever,” spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement here.
“The NUM has noted government’s wishes that industrial action be avoided and dares the state to explain on which side it is on,” he added.
President Jacob Zuma has urged parties in the gold mining sector to reach a wage agreement soon. “Government can only appeal to parties to find a solution. I don’t think we can tell the management of the mines ‘accept what the workers are saying; nor can we tell the workers that,” he told editors at a breakfast briefing in Pretoria.
“We just appeal that the two parties must find one another because a protracted strike is not helpful to the country nor to the industry itself.”
The NUM, which claims to represent at least 80 000 workers in the industry, rejected the final pay offer made by the chamber last week.
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