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Amcu submits wage demand

The union wants a minimum wage of R12,500 for all underground workers in the gold sector.

AMCU's Jimmy Gama. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has demanded a minimum wage of R12,500 for all underground workers in the gold sector.

The demand which was sent to the Chamber of Mines on Tuesday is applicable to Amcu members at all mining companies across the sector.

It follows a wage hike demand of at least R7,000 for entry level workers by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) last month.

The lowest paid worker in the sector is currently being paid about R5,000.

There has been a wave of wage hike strikes in the industry over the past year, which has highlighted the living and working conditions of unskilled miners.

During a mining round table held last week in Sandton, it emerged the salaries of South African miners are in the top bracket of blue collar workers in the country, but mine bosses admit they can afford to pay them more.

Meanwhile, Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi said miners in Australia were paid much higher wages because the level of education was better and the country was a first world nation.

He said if miners want more money their skill level needs to increase.

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