NUM signs 2-year wage deal with Village Main Reef

The agreement means that all underground miners and surface employees’ wages will increase.

FILE: Last week, the union met with gold producers including Village Main Reef as part of ongoing wage negotiations in the industry. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has confirmed it has signed a two year wage agreement with junior gold producer Village Main Reef.

Last week, the union met with gold producers including Village Main Reef as part of ongoing wage negotiations in the industry.

The two-year agreement means that all underground miners and surface employees' wages will increase.

NUM's Livhuwani Mammburu said, "We agreed on R1,000 increase for the underground employees; R800 for those on the surface as well as the officials on category B1 to B3."

Two weeks ago, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) agreed to return to gold wage negotiations with five companies and the Chamber of Mines after reaching a deadlock over its membership recognition.

The union insisted it did not walk out of negotiations but simply declared a deadlock.

Amcu members want a minimum of R12,500 for underground workers, as well as other benefits such as housing allowances.