Sibanye-Stillwater begins negotiations on new wages with unions on strike

Sibanye-Stillwater has entered into negotiations for a new wage with unions in an attempt to resolve the proposed strike in its gold operations.

Members of the National Union of Mining Workers (NUM) and the Association of Mining and Construction Workers (Amcu) went on strike over wage increases in Sibanye-Stillwater for nearly three months after negotiations with the miner broke down. blocked.

Workers are asking for R1,000 for surface and underground workers and 6% for artisans, miners and officials for three years, but Sibanye-Stillwater made a final offer of R850.

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This was confirmed by NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu The citizen Gold miners and trade unions met Thursday at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg under the auspices of the Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Commission (CCMA) in an effort to resolve the strike.

“We are meeting at the Birchwood Hotel where the company has requested a meeting with trade unions under Section 150 of the Labor Relations Act.

“This means that the CCMA will facilitate conciliation and all parties are here, including NUM, Amcu and the company,” Mammburu said.

This follows a meeting in Johannesburg convened Wednesday by Employment and Labor Minister Thulas Nxesi between government ministers and Sibanye Stillwater.

The meeting was called to have feedback on the progress made in resolving the strike that began in March.

Workers camped outside the Union Buildings

Since last week, striking members of NUM and Amcu have been camping on the lawns of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa and his administration to intervene to end the strike in Sibanye Stillwater.

Nxesi stressed that the government was not a party to the dispute but had an interest in seeing the people involved find a quick solution to the strike as it impacted the country’s economy and reputation.

“I am convinced that our current working relationship framework is sufficiently robust and effective and has sufficient mechanisms,” Nxesi said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Mammburu said NUM did not hope the new wage talks would lead to a strike resolution.

“We honestly don’t know if the talks will be successful. The company has been very arrogant and stubborn where otherwise 300 million rupees are paid and the workers are still earning poverty wages, “she said.

Mammburu was referring to the Rand 300.3 million paid in compensation by Sibanye-Stillwater last year to its CEO Neal Froneman. Unions are annoyed with the bonus payout to Froneman, describing the amount as immoral.

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