New wage deal for gold miners

Companies in the gold sector have agreed to do away with the lowest pay category for miners.

File Picture: Miners demonstrate for better wages. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As more striking miners face dismissals, several companies in the gold sector have proposed a new wage deal in a bid to end the industrial action.

On Tuesday, Anglogold Ashanti, Goldfields and Harmony Gold met with mine unions at the Chamber of Mines where a new wage agreement was reached.

All three companies have agreed to do away with the lowest pay category, meaning all entry level workers will now be moved up one wage level.

At the meeting, gold mine companies agreed that miner's working conditions needed to be addressed, and that wages for other workers would be adjusted.

Mining unions are set to organise mass meetings to announce the new wage proposals on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, thousands of miners working for Atlatsa were fired yesterday at the Limpopo Bokoni Platinum Mine, alongside Gold One - who fired the majority of its workforce at Ezulwini Mine on the West Rand.

Gold One spokesperson Grant Stuart said they dismissed 1,438 of their 1,900 employees.

He said appeal hearings would continue until Thursday.

Economists said if other mining companies follow suit, it could dramatically affect the country's GDP growth.