Amcu members at AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold voted in favour of a strike at the weekend. “The employers initially offered R1 000 wage increases, but reneged on their offer before reverting back to their previous offers, which other unions accepted,” Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa said yesterday.
“I can’t really say there has been negotiations taking place, except that employers were trying to buy time in a bid to come up with an alternative in case Amcu members decided to go on strike.” Mathunjwa said union members made it clear they were more than ready to embark on a strike. Amcu’s wage demands of R12 500 a month remain unchanged.
Union leaders will speak about the proposed strike today. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity, and the United Association of SA (UASA) recently signed a three-year wage agreement with AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony. NUM, UASA and Solidarity represent the majority of employees at those mines.
The wage settlements range between 10% and 13%.