• Thinking strategically

    Do policymakers actually consider improving trade performance, asks Geoffrey Chapman.

  • Power problems

    It's an iron law: no electricity, no modern economy, says Leopold Scholtz.

  • M2M money train

    SA's biggest mobile operators have found a new revenue stream, says Gugu Lourie.

Data provided by iNet BFA
Loading...
See More

NUM mulls strike in gold sector

Aug 29 2013 18:29 Sapa
Mining

Gold mining companies, represented by the Chamber of Mines, had offered a basic increase of 6.5% for category four and five employees, including rock drill operators. (Shutterstock) (Shutterstock)

Related Articles

Gold sector gears up for strikes

NUM rejects chamber's final wage offer

Gold employers make final pay offer

NUM hints at gold sector compromise

Gold sector pay talks to continue

Solidarity to consult members on wages

 

Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was in talks with its members on Thursday about the possibility of embarking on a strike in the gold sector next week.

"By tomorrow [Friday] we should know what the consensus from our members is," NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.

"If they want to strike, we will send a notice of strike action to the Chamber of Mines, but we have to look at other avenues of engagement."

On Tuesday, the union rejected "with contempt" the final pay offer made by the chamber.

At the time, Seshoka said the offer was a joke and that the chamber was being ridiculous.

Gold mining companies, represented by the Chamber of Mines, had offered a basic increase of 6.5% for category four and five employees, including rock drill operators.

The chamber offered six percent on the basic wage of category six to eight employees, and to miners and artisans, and officials.

In addition, accommodation allowances would be increased in accordance with the consumer price index.

The gold mining companies were AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rand Uranium, Harmony Gold, Evander Gold, Sibanye Gold, and Village Main Reef.

Trade union Solidarity said the chamber lost its moral and ethical compass after breaking an agreement with the union to declare negotiations deadlocked.

"The chamber therefore failed to give Solidarity presentations on the various mining houses' secret gain-sharing schemes this morning," general secretary Gideon du Plessis said in a statement.

"Neither did the chamber give feedback on Solidarity's request for an extension until the end of next week in order to consult its members on the chamber's final offer."

Du Plessis said the chamber had given collective bargaining a "deathblow" when it refused to negotiate with Solidarity.

He said the union was still committed to a negotiated settlement.

"It is clear that the chamber was following the lockout route which could lead to a brutal strike by aggrieved miners of other unions," he said.

"The chamber will probably make the announcement at a press conference this afternoon."

He said the union appealed to the Chamber of Mines to not take any drastic steps which could undermine collective bargaining.


Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

NEXT ON FIN24X

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:

Small Business

Expanding your business requires capital and banks have stringent lending criteria in place.
 

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...
Loading...