Major mining houses, Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum (Implats), Sibanye Stillwater as well as other junior miners received the varying demands from unions including with dominant player Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) as well as the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is not represented at Implats.
“We have just tabled our demands for a R17 000 basic salary, R7 000 housing allowance and other conditions of employment that are part of the negotiations. This is only the first week and we will be getting responses from the mining companies next week,” Amcu’s national treasurer Jimmy Gama confirmed in an interview yesterday.
Gama said at this stage the union was tabling its proposals and clarifying points, but as in all negotiation processes, “cannot be too rigid or too flexible.” NUM conformed that it had tabled a 15 percent basic pay increase or R1 500 rise, whichever was greater, as it had different package demands at different mines. “We will be tabling our demands at the various companies all this week, including Sibanye Stillwater today. This is just the start of the process. We will have feedback once the companies start responding,” said NUM’s William Mabapa.
The wage talks are expected to be tough, as higher prices for palladium and rhodium and a weaker rand currency have boosted profits at miners such as Amplats, Sibanye - now combined with Lonmin - and Implats after several years of losses.