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Chamber of Mines secures undertakings from NUM & Gold Fields

The NUM and Gold Fields reached an agreement which will benefit even the lowest paid workers.

The NUM and Gold Fields reached an agreement which will benefit even the lowest paid workers.

JOHANNESBURG - The Chamber of Mines said it has written undertakings from gold mining companies on its central bargaining framework and it does not expect them to abandon the agreements following a deal between Gold Fields Limited and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

The NUM secured a 21 percent agreement for lowest paid workers at the mechanised South Deep mine, which means they will get paid close to R13,000 a month in an all-inclusive package.

The NUM says it expects other gold companies to make similar concessions during centralised bargaining.

The Chamber of Mines's Charmane Russell said they don't expect any more deals to be signed outside of the traditional framework.

"The other producers have indicated that they are committed to the centralised collective bargaining process and we are working on that basis. Remembers also that Gold Fields is a relatively small player where the producers account for at least 94,000 employees."

On Monday, the NUM's general secretary Frans Baleni said a large part of the agreement focused on housing.

"The housing allowance would be between R3,000 and R3,500. There will also be a R100,000 interest-free loan provided by Gold Fields for any worker who wants to acquire property and we urge other companies to do the same."

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