Oct 3, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Sibanye-Stillwater rejects unions’ wage increase counter-offer as talks hit yet another deadlock

A counter-offer from the two unions representing workers at the Sibanye-Stillwater gold mines was rejected Monday night as wage negotiations stalled again.

The two unions, the National Union of Mineworkers ( NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which earlier on Monday rejected a new offer in negotiations mediated by the Commission on Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration , had a counter offer.

The counter offer would have resulted in workers receiving an increase of R800 in the first year, a one off payment of R3,000 and a 5% increase for civil servants and officials would have received craftsmen.

Sibanye-Stillwater had proposed an increase of R700, a one-time payment of R3,000 and a 5% increase for civil servants and tradesmen.

For the second and third years, Sibanye-Stillwater offered increases of R1,000 and R900, respectively, and a 5% increase for the other categories of workers, while the unions’ counter-offer offered a 5.5% increase for the other categories provided for both the second and third years of the proposed multi-year wage increase agreement.

NUM spokeswoman Livhuwani Mammburu confirmed that Sibanye-Stillwater rejected the offer around 10pm Monday, which led to an impasse in negotiations.

“We will meet again with Sibanye-Stillwater this morning (Tuesday), but this is about agreeing on another path, da these negotiations are deadlocked,” Mammburu said.

Talks began last Thursday after Sibanye-Stillwater asked the CCMA to intervene in the dispute under Section 150 of the Labor Relations Act.

Miners laid down tools in March after a stalemate on wage increases, leading to the shutdown of mining operations at the Sibanye-Stillwater gold mines, with striking workers now going three months without wages.

More than 2,000 striking workers took their pay rise dispute to the seat of government and camped outside the union buildings in Pretoria, demanding the intervention of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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