Business: Trade Unions Reject Offer in Gold Chamber
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In this round of negotiations, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Rand Uranium offered a wage increase of 8,5% for miners, officials, artisans and category 5 to 8 employees, while Harmony offered a wage increase of 6,5% as well as an additional increase linked to the gold price.
According to Solidarity spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans, the latest offer from employers is still not in line with the demands from trade unions.
This coming Friday, trade unions will resume bilateral talks with Harmony. The final negotiation session will take place on 21 July – a session that will be the most decisive yet, according to Solidarity.
“Negotiations in the gold chamber have now reached an extremely critical point and next week there will be a decisive make-or-break session in the negotiations. Trade unions’ patience is wearing thin and employers simply have to make a workable offer in the next session,” Kleynhans said.
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