Amcu to return to gold wage talks

The union doesn't accept the claim by gold miners that they can't afford its demands.

Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says it doesn't accept the claim by gold mining companies that they can't afford its demand for a basic salary of R12,500 because the firms have been underpaying workers for overtime.

Amcu claims that AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold and Harmony Gold collectively owe workers around R10 billion for overtime not paid since 2013.

Today the union will return to gold wage talks having argued that parties have not been negotiating in good faith and have instead been hiding their financial records.

Amcu economist Dick Forslund says companies have only been paying workers for three hours of overtime and have been dishonest.

"Amcu has also demanded a huge risk allowance for underground workers for R5,000 per month but now we can see if they can pay overtime as they should"

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says they have also learnt that workers aren't being compensated properly for forfeiting their meals.

"They are substituted for R70 if they were paying an overtime of one hour workers would be getting plus minus R400 a month."

The union plans to submit its research to companies in the main plenary at the gold wage talks when they resume today.