South Africa’s 2015 gold wage negotiations process is expected to be further prolonged as all of the representative unions last week rejected the “final” gold wage offer from the producers.

Gold producers AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold tabled their final gold wage offers on Thursday 31 July in respect of wages and benefits to representative unions, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and UASA.

The Chamber of Mines (CoM) – negotiating on behalf of the gold producers – had offered a wage increase of up to 17% last week, while the two biggest unions, NUM and AMCU, are demanding raises of between 70% to over 100%.

“We are extremely disappointed that our offers have not been accepted,” CoM chief negotiator Dr Elize Strydom said.

“Nonetheless, all parties have agreed to engage further in a mediated process led by the three senior independent facilitators who have thus far been acting as chairpersons during the course of the wage negotiations process, Strydom said.

Wage negotiations are expected to continue on Wednesday 12 August and Thursday 13 August.

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