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Producers table firm offer

Johannesburg, 2 August 2018. Gold wage negotiations between producers, AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony, Sibanye-Stillwater and Village Main Reef, and representative unions, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA, continued yesterday and today.

On Wednesday, 1 August, the companies responded further to the unions’ demands and queries, and indicated where they could not consider increases. In turn, the unions have reconsidered some of their demands. Certain areas have also been referred to process groups for further engagement.  

Today, 2 August 2018, the companies have tabled revised offers over a period of three years. Given that the four different companies find themselves in different circumstances, the companies have again tabled different offers. On wages, for the first year, these offers range between:

  • 6% and 7.2 % for Category 4 underground employees; and
  • 3.5% and 4.5% for miners and artisans, and officials.

Chief Negotiator on behalf of the gold producers, Motsamai Motlhamme noted: “Despite the current precarious position of the industry as a result of a stagnant gold price, rising costs and falling profitability, the offers made today are credible, and – at the entry level – well above the current CPI rate of 4.6. We urge the unions and employees to carefully consider the offers before we meet again. Only by ensuring the sustainability of the industry will mines remain viable and able to sustain jobs.”

The companies have also made concessions on the following non-wage demands: living out allowances; meal interval allowances; upgrading category 4 supervisors to category 5; and severance pay.

Company-specific offers are tabled below:

AngloGold Ashanti:

AngloGold Ashanti currently employs 8,288 people within the three bargaining units.
 Year 1Year 2Year 3
Cats 4-8, underground employees R525, which equates to a 6.5% increase on basic pay R550 R575
Miners, Artisans & Officials 4.5% CPI CPI

Harmony:

Harmony currently employs 32,520 people within the three bargaining units.
 Year 1Year 2Year 3
Cats 4-8 underground employees R550, which equates to a 7.2% increase on basic pay R575 R575
Miners, Artisans & Officials 4.5 % CPI CPI

Sibanye-Stillwater:

Sibanye-Stillwater currently employs 32,414 people within the three bargaining units.
 Year 1Year 2Year 3
Cats 4-8, underground employees R475, which equates to a 6% increase on basic pay R475 R490
Miners, Artisans & Officials 3.5% 3.5% 3.75%

Village Main Reef:

Village Main Reef currently employs 6,295 people within the three bargaining units.
 Year 1Year 2Year 3
Cats 4-8, underground employees R525, which equates to a 6.5% increase on basic pay R550 R575
Miners, Artisans & Officials 4.0% CPI CPI

Discussions will continue on 15 August 2018.

Queries

Charmane Russell, +27 (0)11 880 3924 or +27 (0)82 372 5816, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Memory Johnstone, +27 (0)11 880 3924 or +27 (0)82 719 3081, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AngloGold Ashanti [logo]
Sibanye-Stillwater [logo]
Harmony [logo]
Village Main reef [logo]
For more information, contact:

Motsamai Motlhamme
Minerals Council South Africa
+27 (0)11 498 7400 or
+27 (0)82 202 6734

Charmane Russell
+27 (0)11 880 3924 or
+27 (0)82 372 5816
charmane@rasc.co.za

Memory Johnstone
+27 (0)11 880 3924 or
+27 (0)82 719 3081
memory@rasc.co.za