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Amcu makes further demands

Negotiations with Harmony Gold, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Sibyane, Village Main Reef & Evander will begin soon.

FILE: Amcu says before gold mining bosses start negotiating wages the companies first need to recognise the mining union's majority status at its operations. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is demanding its members be removed from the mineworkers' provident fund and transferred to their own entity.

It says this is due to the low number of widows of mineworkers who receive their payouts.

Amcu today announced it has created the Igula Provident Fund and says it wants gold companies to transfer their payments to this.

The union will soon begin negotiations with Harmony Gold, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Sibyane, Village Main Reef and Evander.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says the mineworkers' provident fund has failed his members.

"The monies for workers aren't invested correctly. The monies are in the wrong hands; how many widows are streamlining downtown Johannesburg waiting for the payout for their husbands?"

Mathunjwa says the union also wants a review of medical aid contributions from companies.

"The current scheme only covers the employee and not the family. You can only use the doctor confined where you are so if you move back home and the doctor isn't registered with the medical aid; you can't consult another doctor."

AMCU DEMANDS UNION MAJORITY RECOGNITION

Amcu says before gold mining bosses start negotiating wages the companies' first need to recognise the mining union's majority status at its operations.

The union says it is disputing the number of members the chamber of mines claims it has at the gold mines and believes this is being used to weaken its influence at the upcoming talks.

Amcu has demanded a wage hike of between R6,500 and R7,000 for its members as well as revised contributions for medical aid housing and pension funds.

The union's president says last year's gold agreement was imposed on them because the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was the majority union but this year that is not the case.

He says his union's audited membership numbers were provided by the gold companies.

"We are waiting for them and we presented the numbers based on their pay roll systems."

Mathunjwa has disputed the latest reports stating the NUM remains the majority union in the sector with 54 percent representation of all workers.

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