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Trade unions give 48-hour strike notice to Sibanye Gold mines

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The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Sibanye-Stillwater has issued a statement of intent to launch protected strike action at the company’s gold mines, starting on Wednesday evening.

After months of lengthy wage negotiations, Sibanye and workers represented by the two unions failed to reach an agreement.

Against a demand for an increase of R1 000 every year from a three-year agreement for category 4 to 8 workers, Sibanye has offered an R700 increase every year. The company has also offered an increase of R100 in the living allowance each year, although the unions say that this allowance benefits a small part of workers.

The unions had originally negotiated as part of a coalition that also included UASA and Solidarity.

Solidarity has adopted a wage offer of 5% increase every year for miners, artisans and civil servants. In a secret ballot conducted by NUM and UASA last week, UASA members did not vote for industrial action.

Approximately 79% of NUM members who voted for the Gauteng gold mine were in favor of a strike, while only 18% were in favor of the Beatrix gold mine in the Free State.

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said the decision to strike was disappointing.

The offer, he said, is honest, given the current inflation costs, the sustainability of South Africa’s gold operations and the long – term interests of all stakeholders.

“The supply is definitive; wage increases higher than inflation are unsustainable and cannot be considered,” he said.

Trade unions give 48-hour strike notice to Sibanye Gold mines

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