NUM settles, Amcu continues with talks

The NUM has agreed to an 8 percent pay hike while its rival union holds out for further talks.

Around 80,000 workers belonging to the NUM downed tools in the gold mining sector. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Operations at Harmony Gold resumed on Tuesday with more than 1,000 workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) returning to their posts.

The union accepted a wage hike offer of 8 percent.

NUM members will also see their housing allowance increase to R2,000 per month.

Striking workers initially demanded a 15 percent pay hike.

At the same time, rival union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said it received overwhelming support for a strike by members.

But the union will continue engaging with the Chamber of Mines in a bid to avoid a strike.

Amcu and the United Association of South Africa (Uasa) are the last two unions who haven't accepted a wage hike offer.

The two unions are expected to clarify their stance after meetings scheduled for this week.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says as long as the chamber is willing to negotiate, they won't serve gold companies with a 48 hour notice to down tools.

"We cannot put a timeline. As long as there's a light at the end of the tunnel, we'll keep on reporting to our members until such time they tell us that this engagement is fruitless."

The NUM's industrial action in the construction sector continues with negotiators and employers due to meet again on Monday afternoon.