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Mines, unions meet over wage offer

2012-10-15 11:24

Johannesburg - The SA Chamber of Mines will meet unions in the gold mining sector on Monday to get the response to the offer tabled by employers last week.

"Unions are not making demands yet. They are coming back with a response on the offer which was tabled by employers last week," said chamber spokesperson Vusi Mabena.

Mabena said a press release would be issued if the meeting was concluded on Monday.

Last week, the chamber agreed to give the unions an extension to communicate the proposals to workers. They had until Monday to return with a response.

On behalf of AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG], Gold Fields [JSE:GFI], and Harmony Gold Mining Company [JSE:HAR], the chamber had proposed doing away with the lowest wage category to increase the industry's entry-level wage.

A new category would be created for locomotive, loader, winch, and water jet operators, to improve their salaries.

Other employees would have their pay adjusted to preserve the integrity of the present job grading framework. An allowance for rock drill operators was also proposed.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday intimidation prevented it from communicating with all its members.

The NUM said it received mixed reactions from the few members it interacted with during the illegal and unprotected strikes at several gold mines.

Uasa said its members were not satisfied with the employers' offer.


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Comments
  • rowan.maulson - 2012-10-15 11:37

    Seriously? even now, after these morons have lost a month's worth of wages, they're unsatisfied with the offer?... I hope someone has started informing them that a job is better than no job.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-15 12:04

    During these strikes people loan money at high rates, they won't recover from these losses, interest within 3 months. Stop listening to uneducated leaders.

  • mokete.sefuli - 2012-10-15 12:27

    as much as we wana go back to work,those on strike are threatening those who wana report bk to work.not all of us are on strike but we are intimidated

  • martin.manzini - 2012-10-15 12:44

    Martin What will u do if were on this strikers shoes, earning a minimum of R4000 a month. u try to reduce the cost by staying in a shack to only find that u a not copping in this situations where no water, no electricity, u have to go to the bush with ur wife for toilet. In my opinion is that a normal living wage salary should be given 2 the workers. Things are now expensive e.g education, food, clothing etc.What i do not like with the wokers is the violence, killings of people is very wrong.

      deon.meiring - 2012-10-15 14:09

      Martin, I agree with you. The R4000pm min wage is too low for dangerous work like this, but I disagree with the way the miners try to do this. Wildcat strikes is not the way to do this. Intimidation and killing is also not acceptable. There are legal ways to neg this! These strikes will lead to unemployment on the long run, and our international rating is now also affected!

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