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AngloGold Ashanti concludes wage agreement

Johannesburg, 17 September 2018. The Minerals Council is pleased to advise that AngloGold Ashanti has concluded a wage agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), UASA and Solidarity in respect of wages and conditions of service for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.

The three-year agreement, concluded under the auspices of the Minerals Council, allows for increases to the basic wage of Category 4-8 employees of R700 in year one, R800 in year two and R900 in year three. Miners, Artisans and Officials will receive increases of 5.5% for each year of the agreement.

In addition to the basic wage, the agreement reached between the parties was concluded on the acceptance of revised shift arrangements at AngloGold Ashanti’s operations. The wage agreement therefore makes provision for a shift arrangement increase of R300 in year one, R200 in year two and R100 in year three for Category 4-8 employees and 1% each year for Miners, Artisans and Officials.

AngloGold Ashanti currently employs 7,918 employees in the bargaining unit. The agreement reached is as follows:

AngloGold Ashanti
 Year 1Year 2Year 3
Categories 4-8 employees R700 R800 R900
Shift arrangement R300 R200 R100
Total R1,000 R1,000 R1,000
Miners, Artisans & Officials 5.5% 5.5% 5.5%
Shift arrangement 1% 1% 1%
Total 6.5% 6.5%  or CPI whichever is highest 6.5% or CPI whichever is highest

Non-wage items agreed

In addition to the wage increase, the following additional non-wage issues have been agreed by the parties:

  • Increase in medical incapacity benefit to R60,000 over the three-year period.
  • Increase of the minimum severance pay to R40,000 over the three-year period.
  • Extension of the medical contribution for category 4 to 8 employees to 60% for employers and 40% employees for the duration of the agreement.
  • Increase in the Living out Allowance of R100 per year for the duration of the agreement.

Chief Negotiator on behalf of the gold producers, Motsamai Motlhamme noted: “The agreement reached between AngloGold Ashanti and AMCU, UASA and Solidarity – who together represent 62% of employees in the bargaining unit at AngloGold Ashanti – is focused on optimising the company’s remaining operation in South Africa.

“We are pleased that the parties have been able to engage and conclude an agreement with no disruption to the business. The agreement was reached within a flexible negotiating structure which has evolved over a number of years to allow for companies with vastly different economic and operating circumstances to be accommodated.”

Wage negotiations in respect of the Harmony, Sibanye-Stillwater and Village Main Reef; and AMCU, the NUM, UASA and Solidarity are continuing under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

“Discussions with all unions have continued to be constructive and we are hopeful that we will be in a position to report further progress soon,” he concluded.


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.

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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

Memory Johnstone
+27 (0)11 880 3924 or
+27 (0)82 719 3081