AMCU issued with strike certificates following no resolution with gold companies

Friday, 28 September 2018 – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has been issued with strike certificates by the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) following a no resolution in the gold wage negotiations with gold producers Sibanye Stillwater and Harmony Gold.
AMCU requested the strike certificates from the CCMA following a no resolution in the CCMA process with Sibanye Stillwater and Harmony Gold after both members failed to reach a new wage agreement after months of negotiation talks that commenced in June.
Both Sibanye Stillwater and Harmony Gold returned with offers that were still remotely far from the mandated wage demands of the AMCU members. So far, of the four gold companies that AMCU has engaged with, the Union has only reached and signed an agreement with AngloGold Ashanti who managed to table an offer which comprised of a R1 000 increment for [Category 4-8] mineworkers at the mine.
The new wage deal with AngloGold Ashanti which also included a 6.5% increment for Miners & Artisans and Officials and further comprised of a new shift arrangement, has set a new benchmark in the country’s gold mining sector as this means that by 2021, there will be no miner earning less than R14 000 per month even at entry level.
The Union through its National Treasurer Jimmy Gama, noted that the strike certificate did not mean that this was the final straw, and that the Union would be taking the certificates back to their members to decide on a way forward.
Meanwhile, AMCU continues its negotiations and conciliation process with the final company Village Main Reef.