×

We've got news for you.

Register on SowetanLIVE at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

Gold miners to strike for R1,000 a month increase at Sibanye-Stillwater

NUM and Amcu have demanded an increase of R1,000 a month over the next three years. File photo.
NUM and Amcu have demanded an increase of R1,000 a month over the next three years. File photo.
Image: Moeletsi Mabe

Sibanye-Stillwater has received a notice of strike at its local gold mining operations from two unions starting on Wednesday, the company said on Tuesday.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) voted for a strike last week. A smaller union, Uasa, had also voted in favour of a strike.

Another major union of workers, Solidarity, split from the coalition last week after accepting Sibanye's final wage offer of a 5% annual pay increase.

NUM and Amcu, the two biggest mine unions in SA, have demanded an increase of R1,000 per month over the next three years, similar to the amount Sibanye's rival Harmony Gold agreed to pay last year.

Sibanye's CEO Neal Froneman said the company would not be revising its final offer, as it could not sustain higher wage increases.

“There are no winners in a strike,” Froneman said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We urge employees to carefully consider the consequences of strike action on them personally and collectively. Strike action will only serve to jeopardise the sustainability of our gold operations and, ultimately, their futures.”

Reuters

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.