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Stalemate in gold mining wage talks

NUM has rejected the final wage offer from companies across the country.

The Chamber of Mines President Mike Teke alongside his delegation during wage talks on 5 August 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

PRETORIA - The gold mining industry is heading for a stalemate with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) now confirming it has rejected the final wage offer from companies across the country.

NUM represents the majority of workers employed in the sector.

NUM's Deputy President, Joseph Montisetsi, says companies need to do better.

"We reject the offer being put to us as an allowance. We want that money to be integrated into the salary."

The Chamber of Mines says it will repackage the deal offered to workers, but will not be able to make more money available.

While NUM holds out for a better offer, a second union involved in negotiations, Solidarity, plans to advise its members to accept the offer.

"Although our members are not happy with the offer, for them job

security is most important. As a result it's very likely that solidarity

will accept the latest gold offer under duress," said Solidarity's Gideon du Plessis

The likelihood of a strike in the gold sector will feature prominently in Pretoria, where leaders of the mining industry are meeting over two days.

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi told the parties that

while workers should not accept slave wages, they need to consider job

retention.