Amcu rejects across-the-board offer

Amcu’s Joseph Mathunjwa says workers will strike if a collective wage agreement is implemented.

FILE: Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa speaks during a media briefing in 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Workers will strike if a collective gold wage hike agreement is implemented across the board, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa said on Monday.

The union rejected the agreement, which entailed a 6.5 percent wage hike for entry-level workers and an increase of up to eight percent for senior miners.

The deal was signed by rival union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) as well as Solidarity and the United Association of South Africa (Uasa).

The three unions together represent the majority of gold miners, which means the deal could be applied to everyone.

Despite having little leverage, Mathunjwa insists that his members won't accept the offer.

"We are not party to it, I don't know how they are going to implement it because we rejected that offer."

But the Chamber of Mines' Charmane Russell says they will attempt to have any strike declared unprotected.

"The effect of that would mean that employees would be open to dismissal."

Mathunjwa says mine bosses must consider Amcu's wage demand of R12,500.