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Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Sibanye announced three-year wage deals with the National Union of Mineworkers, the Association of Metalworkers and Construction Union and Uasa.
UASA senior manager Johan van Niekerk was addressing the committee on Tuesday morning as part of the committee's engagements with organised labour. The union said it appreciated government’s commitment to making mining a "sunrise industry".
According to Sibanye-Stillwater, the collective membership of the NUM, UASA and Solidarity has increased to over 50% of the employees at the South African gold operations, allowing for extension of the agreement.
AngloGold Ashanti has concluded a wage agreement with AMCU, UASA and Solidarity for a three-year period.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has walked out of gold wage talks, an industry body says.
The National Union of Mineworkers has rejected a wage offer from gold producers, says spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu.
Glencore's intention to retrench over 1 000 employees at its Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga is disappointing, according to union Uasa.
The Association of Mining and Construction Union should use its influence in the gold mining industry to promote unity and sustainability, says Solidarity.
There has been some development in strike negotiations but Numsa won't disclose details until union members have been notified, says leader Irvin Jim.
The National Union of Mineworkers must defend itself, its leaders say after three of its members were attacked in Rustenburg.
While Numsa plans to challenge labour laws requiring secret balloting for strikes, another union, UASA, has welcomed the legislation.
Sibanye-Stillwater said the cash advance would be repaid to the company over a five-month period “via payroll deduction”, from the end of February 2019.
Miners, artisans and officials will receive a 4.25% increase for the first year of the agreement, and CPI-linked increases for the next two years.
Entry-level workers at AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony will get wage increases of up to 13%, according to an agreement reached with unions.
The South African gold producing companies say mining union wage demands are unaffordable.
SA union UASA says while gold producers tabled a “good opening offer” in pay negotiations last week, it still needs work.
The intended strike action by Uasa members at the SA Naval Base in Simon's Town has been interdicted, the union says.
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi would be happy to participate in the commemoration of the Marikana shootings.
A strike entering its fourth week could be over by tomorrow if employers accept a new deal submitted by labour unions representing striking metalworkers.
The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA has served notice of a lockout at its 23 members' premises as a mass strike for better wages loom.
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