Amcu ready to go as gold sector wage negotations begin

Amcu says its relationship with govt departments remains strained as it heads into wage talks.

Amcu says its relationship with govt departments remains strained as it heads into wage talks. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says its relationship with the Department of Mineral Resources and Labour remains strained as it heads into wage negotiations in the gold sector.

The union yesterday tabled its demands to Harmony Gold, AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold, Village Main Reef and Evander Gold, which include a basic wage of R12,500 and increases of between R7,000.

The union is also demanding revisions to the medical aid, housing allowances, risk bonuses and employee share ownership schemes.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa says their relationship with the state has not improved since the platinum strike.

"That doesn't need a rocket scientist, or prophet. It's not cordial, you know we are not part of the allianceā€¦ therefore, they won't sabotage us."