The National Union of Mineworkers said on Friday it had signed a three-year wage agreement with AngloGold Ashanti.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers said on Friday it had signed a three-year wage agreement with AngloGold Ashanti the previous day, ending a two months long marathon of negotiations.

"The NUM has reached an agreement with AngloGold Ashanti that will result in workers in the categories 4-8 (surface and underground workers) monthly wages increase by R1,000 while wages for miners, officials and artisans will be increased by 6.5 percent," the union said.

It said negotiations were still going with other companies in the gold sector, namely Harmony, Sibanye-Stillwater and Village Main Reef, and that the next meeting would be on September 26 through the facilitation of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration.

"The life for better wages and better conditions is a life and death struggle. The NUM will continue waging a relentless struggle to improve better wages and working conditions of all mineworkers in South Africa," NUM said.

AngloGold Ashanti signed similar deals with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), UASA and Solidarity earlier this week.

– African News Agency (ANA)