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These statements have been issued on behalf of various mining companies who are represented in the wage negotiations.

  • Gold producers acknowledge receipt of letter from AMCU

    17 September 2013

    The Chamber of Mines acknowledges receipt, on behalf of its gold members, of a letter from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on
    17 September 2013, in respect of the 2013 gold sector wage increase that has been finalised and applied to all employees in the bargaining unit.


  • Gold producers representatives meet with AMCU

    13 September 2013

    Representatives of the gold producers (AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony and Sibanye) met with representatives of AMCU today, at AMCU’s request.


  • Wage agreement applicable to all employees

    10 September 2013

    Following the conclusion of a collective wage agreement by gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines in wage negotiations (AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, Pan African Resources, Rand Uranium, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef) and the NUM, UASA and Solidarity, the producers have advised that the collective wage agreement will be applicable to all employees employed in the Category 4 to 8, Miners & Artisans, and Officials’ units. The agreement is effective from 1 July 2013.


  • Wage agreement signed with NUM, UASA and Solidarity

    10 September 2013

    Gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines in wage negotiations (AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, Pan African Resources, Rand Uranium, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef) are pleased to announce the finalisation of a two-year wage settlement with the National Union of Mineworkers, UASA and Solidarity, with an agreement signed at the Chamber of Mines today.


  • NUM response awaited on new wage offer from gold producers

    06 September 2013

    Gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines in wage negotiations (AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, Rand Uranium, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef) are awaiting the outcome of discussions between National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) leadership and members on a new offer on terms and conditions of employment which, it is hoped, will end the current strike. 


  • Early settlements indicate that a constructive outcome can be reached in 2013 wage negotiations

    04 September 2013

    Gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines in wage negotiations are pleased to advise that two of the gold producers – Pan African Resources and Village Main Reef – have reached a settlement agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and UASA in respect of the Evander and Tau Lekoa mines respectively.


  • Gold producers confirm receipt of UASA’s acceptance of employers’ final offer

    30 August 2013

    The gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines in wage negotiations confirm that they have received an acceptance of the employers’ final offer tabled on 27 August by UASA.


  • Gold producers confirm receipt of 48 hours notice of strike from NUM

    30 August 2013

    The gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines in wage negotiations (AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rand Uranium, Harmony Gold, Evander Gold Mine, Sibanye Gold, Village Main Reef) confirm that they have received 48-hour notice of commencement strike action.  The strike is expected to begin with effect from the night shift on Tuesday, 3 September 2013.


  • Gold producers clarify stance on wage impasse

    29 August 2013

    Harmony chief executive Graham Briggs, speaking on behalf of the gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, addressed the media in Johannesburg today. The briefing comes two days after the gold producers’ (AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rand Uranium, Harmony Gold, Evander Gold Mine, Sibanye Gold, Village Main Reef) final offer to all unions in respect of wages and other terms and conditions of employment, and its rejection by the unions today. The employers have received a certificate of non-resolution from the CCMA. 


  • Employers table final offer

    27 August 2013

    The gold producers (AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rand Uranium, Harmony Gold, Evander Gold, Sibanye Gold, Village Main Reef) represented by the Chamber of Mines, have today made a final offer to all unions in respect of wages and other terms and conditions of employment. 


  • Representatives of gold and coal producers accept memorandum from The National Union of Mineworkers

    24 August 2013

    Dr Elize Strydom and Motsamai Motlhamme, negotiators for the gold and coal producers who are represented by the Chamber of Mines in wage negotiations accepted a Memorandum from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).


  • Update

    21 August 2013

    • Employers raise offer to 6% for CAT 4 and 5 employees, and for RDOs

    • NUM and UASA apply for certificate of non-resolution

    • Discussions with AMCU and Solidarity continue

    The gold producers (AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rand Uranium, Harmony Gold, Evander Gold, Sibanye Gold, Village Main Reef), represented by the Chamber of Mines, continued their discussions in respect of wage negotiations and conditions of employment today under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

  • Update: Employers seek to unlock disputes

    13 August 2013

    Novel ‘Gain Share’ proposal on the table

    The gold producers (AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rand Uranium, Harmony Gold, Evander Gold, Sibanye Gold, Village Main Reef), represented by the Chamber of Mines, have made a substantive move to unlock the wage dispute with unions (AMCU, NUM, Solidarity and UASA).

  • Wage gold negotiations proceeds

    06 August 2013

    The gold producers (AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rand Uranium, Harmony Gold, Evander Gold, Sibanye Gold, Village Main Reef), represented by the Chamber of Mines, continued to participate in the CCMA-led gold wage negotiations this morning.


  • Gold wage negotiations proceed under auspices of CCMA: Update

    01 August 2013

    Wage negotiations in the gold sector proceeded today under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), as provided for under the Labour Relations Act.


  • Gold producers declare dispute with AMCU

    29 July 2013

    Dispute referred to the CCMA

    The gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines advise that they have declared a dispute with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Workers Union (AMCU), and will refer the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for mediation.


  • CCMA mediation process to begin

    26 July 2013

    The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has advised that the mediation between the gold producers (AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mine, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, Rand Uranium, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef), and unions (the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA) will begin on Thursday, 1 August 2013 at the Chamber of Mines. 


  • Gold producers dispute talk of 'looming' strike action

    25 July 2013

    Gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines in wage negotiations disagree with reports by commentators of ‘looming’ strike action in the gold sector that have followed yesterday’s dispute declaration by three of the participating unions.


  • Gold producers raise offer

    24 July 2013

    NUM, Solidarity, UASA declare dispute

    Wage negotiations between gold producers (AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mine, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, Rand Uranium, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef), and unions (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA) continued today. 


  • Gold employers table opening offer of 4%

    15 July 2013

    Wage negotiations between gold producers continued today, with the gold producers tabling their opening offer in response to the unions’ demands.


  • Wage negotiations between gold producers, unions get underway

    11 July 2013

    Historic ‘house rules’ developed.

    Wage negotiations between gold producers (AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mine, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, Rand Uranium, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef, and unions (AMCU, NUM, Solidarity and UASA) began today.

  • 2013 Gold negotiations on wages and other conditions of service begin

    08 July 2013

    The parties engaged in the 2013 wage negotiations met for the first time in a workshop today at the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg, prior to the beginning of wage negotiations for 2013. The existing wage agreement expired on 30 June 2013 and wage negotiations are set to commence on 11 July 2013.


  • Chamber of Mines signs Deputy President's framework

    03 July 2013

    The gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines welcome the signature by most parties, including the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry.


  • Gold producers wage negotiations planned to begin on 11 July

    28 June 2013

    The gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines of South Africa (the employers) advise that centralised wage negotiations between the employers and trade unions – AMCU, NUM, Solidarity and UASA –will begin on 11 July 2013.


  • Gold producers confirm receipt of AMCU demands

    24 June 2013

    The gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines of South Africa confirm that the Chamber of Mines has received demands in respect of wages and other terms and conditions of employment by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).


  • Wage negotiations update

    21 June 2013

    The gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines of South Africa confirm that wage negotiations between the employers and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA are expected to begin early in July 2013.


  • Gold producers welcome minister’s comments

    28 May 2013

    Speaking on behalf of the Chamber of Mines’ Gold Producers Committee, Chief Labour Negotiator Dr Elize Strydom welcomed Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu address to Parliament on her budget vote. The Chamber, Dr Strydom said, endorses President Jacob Zuma’s call for mining industry leaders to restore calm and confidence in the sector.


  • NUM proposals received

    19 May 2013

    Seeks ‘fair, early settlement to avoid a protracted negotiating process which brings uncertainty and instability for all’

    The Chamber of Mines of South Africa confirms receipt of the proposals by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in respect of the review of wages and conditions of employment of gold mining companies represented by the Chamber.

 

Contact details

This news portal provides information on behalf of the gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines in the 2015 wage negotiations.

Should you have any queries please contact:

Dr Elize Strydom

Chamber of Mines
+27 (0)11 498 7409 or
+27 (0)82 773 9553

Memory Johnstone

On behalf of the gold producers
+27 (0)11 880 3924 or
+27 (0)82 719 3081
memory@rair.co.za

Charmane Russell

On behalf of the gold producers
+27 (0)11 880 3924 or
+27 (0)82 372 5816
charmane@rair.co.za