Johannesburg - Gold producers are waiting for a decision by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on a new pay offer, the Chamber of Mines SA said on Friday.
AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, Rand Uranium, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef were awaiting the outcome of discussions between the NUM and its members on the terms and conditions of employment in the new offer, chamber spokeswoman Dr Elize Strydom said in a statement.
“It is hoped that the new offer and the terms and conditions will end the current strike,” she said
Under the a 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, Strydom said.
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.
NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said most mine workers were in favour of the revised offer.
“All our members, except for those at Harmony mines in the Free State and the Northern Cape, accepted the revised offer,” he said.
Union leaders would continue consulting miners who had not accepted the deal.
“There are no guarantees whether the members that have not accepted will agree to this offer, it's a wait-and-see game.”
Anglo Gold Ashanti said on Friday that the NUM, Solidarity and Uasa had indicated that their members would accept the improved offer.
Harmony Gold said all of its mines, except Kusasalethu, continued to be severely affected by the strike.
“We trust that whatever is holding up the decision to support the offer will be resolved soon”, said CEO Graham Briggs. - Sapa