The strike at the Sibanye-Stillwater mine will end soon, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) announced on Friday.
NUM spokeswoman Livhuwani Mammburu said the workers had accepted the offer , the NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) presented at a mass meeting at the Driefontein mine in Carletonville on Friday.
The agreement has yet to be signed before workers can resume work go to work.
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Negotiations between the unions and management had been going on for the last three months without a solution. The workers wanted a monthly increase of R1,000 for three years and a 6% wage increase.
Mammburu said in reference to the agreement that the employer would offer an increase of R1,000 per month for categories 4 to 8 workers will be paid for the first year, an increase of R900 per month for the second year and an increase of R750 for the third year.
Artisans, miners and civil servants receive a wage increase of 5% for the first year, 5.5%. increase for the second year and a 5% increase for the third year.
Mammburu said all staff will receive a goodwill payment of R3,000 immediately.
“The workers have overwhelmingly accepted the offer. They told NUM and Amcu leadership that they must sign the agreement immediately as they want to get back to work.
“The greatest achievement is the unity that NUM and Amcu have shown at the operational level, something that has never happened in the history of unions in SA,” Mammburu said.
Sibanye-Stillwater said she was pleased that Amcu and NUM members gave the union leadership a mandate to accept the three-year wage proposal by the Conciliation, Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.
“The proposed proposal represents inflation over a three-year period [at an average annual increase of 6.3% overall increase] and will contribute to the sustainability of gold operations from Sibanye-Stillwater SA.”
Sibanye-Stillwater said the final agreement would be extended to all employees of the union, including members of Uasa and Solidarity.
“Wi We welcome this positive step in ending the industrial action at our gold operations and thank our employees for speaking out,” said Sibanye-Stillwater’s Chief Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Richard Stewart.
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