Gold mines, unions agree pay deal

2012-10-10 09:32

Johannesburg - Gold mine owners and unions representing picketing workers said Wednesday they had reached a deal to end months of industrial unrest that has curbed production of the precious metal.

The Chamber of Mines and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) agreed to a series of pay rises that will now be put to striking workers for approval beginning Wednesday.

The deal will include a pay increase for entry-level workers, and an "allowance" for rock drill and other operators.

In a face-saving measure - designed to avoid a precedent - the parties insisted the current two-year wage deal was not renegotiated.

Instead the deal cast aside lower pay categories, automatically giving entry-level workers a bump.

"When you talk about moving a miner from grade three to four this is an increase. They have agreed to increase wages in line with the current wages agreement," NUM said.

Earlier the chamber said "it has recognised that there are certain anomalies that need to be addressed and has made proposals to address these."

As part of the deal there will also be a commission of inquiry into the working and living conditions at the mines.

"It is critical that all the parties show leadership in restoring stability to the mining industry and bringing an end to the unprotected industrial action that is besetting the industry," said Elize Strydom, a chamber's negotiator said.

"This is important not only for the companies, the unions and the mineworkers, but also for the economic and social well-being of the country as a whole."

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  • nhlamulo.lesley - 2012-10-10 09:53

    I hope workers agree

      marev.audioslave - 2012-10-11 06:50

      The workers declined!!!

  • lydonmcg - 2012-10-10 09:53

    If this involves reinstating so-called fired miners then the mine owners have dug their own graves. This will only be the start.

      JamesMWood - 2012-10-10 15:13

      Amplats fired the workers, not goldfields

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-10 09:53

    There we go again. They just don't learn from their own or other's mistakes.

      john.gebert.7 - 2012-10-10 19:15

      I think this time may be different, Gold Fields recognizes the 19th Century mining technolgy utilizing labor does not work, the technology is proven and on sale in the USA given the end of underground coal. The trick will be the transition, miner unrest will be bad if Gold Fields and others if they modernize to quickly

  • Giyangethambo - 2012-10-10 09:57

    how much? we want nothing less than R16 000!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 10:04

      Asking too much is a short cut to poverty and misery.

      ed.gutsche - 2012-10-10 11:33

      giya....please read my comments to david above. people like you think only about yourselves and do not understand that terrible long term repurcussions of your actions. stop being selfish and start working for a living instead of demanding and holding your hands out. do you not understand that, other than zim, the rest of africa is laughing at us. many african countries actually do NOT want black south africans there as they believe that black south africans work ethics will negatively affect theirs! what a joke...yet you will never get it. never...which is why you will always resort to demands and forever be last in the q.

      david.lebethe - 2012-10-10 15:40

      I support the demand.

      braamc - 2012-10-10 16:31

      We want want, we want you to loose your job, idiot

  • mzondistanley - 2012-10-10 10:08

    Sanity has finally prevailed, and now Gold Fields should use HR Dept and not Labour Hire organizations/Companies. Bury them for the sake Harmony in places of work.

      john.gebert.7 - 2012-10-10 19:21

      Good point, out-sourcing labour has become to popular and facilitiates Labour-Management rift ... SA Miners and Mines need to understand they compete in a global market (maybe not so much for Pt, SA has that market cornored)and the competation is tough

  • riad.mahomed - 2012-10-10 10:35

    To me, this entire escapade surrounding pay deals is more like drawing a line to close to the shore line. The moment the tide comes in, it washers the line away. The question is where do you draw the line and is this really about money?

  • druzminto - 2012-10-10 10:42

    They shud have done that long tym ago.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-10 10:42

    if they are offered 16 blocks im also going on strike 2moro to hell with this.

  • mponakae.mkae - 2012-10-10 11:11

    Finally, but hope deal it's R12500.00 and we want the origional pay slip not that we were given buy NUM.they must stop deducting our BONERS.

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-10-10 11:35

    Thats good if malema didn't stand up where they will get their demand malema was speaking on the other mine yesterday now everything has been sorted out although other people still fighting him

      ed.gutsche - 2012-10-10 12:17

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-10 15:14

    FIRE THEM ALL, there should be no negotiations from the Mines side!!!

      john.gebert.7 - 2012-10-10 19:25

      an important realization has come out of this mess ... Mines need to dump the labour piece in the equation and modernize, it's to bad it takes a bad strike but I think Gold Field "gets it" , get the cash flow going and incrementally down size the labor factor

  • david.lebethe - 2012-10-10 15:39

    @ed.gutsche. Have you taken a moment to visit mine compounds, let alone black townships to understand what I mean? If, yes, then you should understand the demand of mineworkers unless you condone exploitation and oppression of certain section of our society. In our situation, those who bear the brunt of exploitation and oppression are blacks, which makes the whole debate racist, of course, depending which side of praxis does one finds oneself.

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