Sibanye-Stillwater and unions in wage negotiations

BL Premium reports that gold producer Sibanye-Stillwater has put in place stringent rules to ensure its assets are not damaged during a looming wage strike by a coalition of four mining unions. In its picketing rules, Sibanye has effectively called on the unions to rat out troublemakers during the strike, assist the company in taking disciplinary steps against them for any acts of misconduct and, if relevant, assist with criminal prosecutions. The four unions, namely the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Solidarity and Uasa, approached the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) last week to apply for a certificate of non-resolution after wage talks between the parties deadlocked.

A revised proposal by Sibanye made on 18 November would have given the lowest-paid employees increases of R570, R640 and R670 over three years, while miners, artisans and officials would have received increases of 4.5%, 4.9% and 4.9% during the three-year term. However, last Tuesday workers rejected the proposed deal and stuck to their demand for a wage hike of R1,000 each year for three years. After the deal was rejected by workers, the company reverted to the offer tabled to unions on 19 October. The parties will reconvene on 13 December for a final engagement session when a certificate of non-resolution will be issued. The unions will have to provide the employer with a 48 hours’ notice before embarking on a strike. According to NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu, the unions were still working on the picketing rules. “Sibanye-Stillwater has already submitted its picketing rules, after the unions submit theirs, the CCMA will then issue the certificate of non-resolution to enable us to go on strike,” he stated.

by Luyolo Mkentane (Business Live)
Ref: SA Labour News

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