Johannesburg - The majority of gold mine workers have accepted the new wage offer, the National Union of Mineworkers said on Sunday.
“We are still in consultation with members as some had gone away for the weekend, the majority have accepted the offer...we would be finalising everything with employers on Monday,” said general secretary Frans Baleni.
The Chamber of Mines SA which represents gold producers, presented unions with a revised offer on Wednesday.
The gold mining companies are AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rand Uranium, Harmony Gold, Evander Gold, Sibanye Gold, and Village Main Reef.
Under the two-year offer, category four and five employees, and rock drill operators would receive increases of eight percent and other employees 7.5 percent, with effect from July 1 2013.
Employees would also receive inflation-linked increases with effect from July 1 next year.
The current monthly living out allowance of R1640 would increase to R2000 in two R180 steps, on September 1 this year, and again next year.
Harmony Gold announced on Sunday that its employees had accepted the wage offer.
“Harmony would like to urge all its employees who had embarked on wstrike to start reporting for work as from tonight (Sunday),” the company said in a statement.
Evander Gold and Village Main Reef reached an agreement with the NUM and the United Association of SA on Wednesday.
Anglo Gold Ashanti had said that the NUM, Solidarity and Uasa had indicated that their members would accept the improved offer. - Sapa