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NUM mobilising members for potential gold sector strike

NUM last week declared a dispute with gold companies, Harmony, Anglo Gold Ashanti and Sibanye Gold.

FILE: NUM said a strike in the gold sector is now “unavoidable”. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it's begun mobilising its members for a strike in the gold sector and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) mediated talks will determine whether workers will down tools.

NUM last week declared a dispute with gold companies, Harmony, Anglo Gold Ashanti and Sibanye Gold.

But it says it's disappointed after the Chamber of Mines withdrew an early offer of R1,000 on Thursday.

NUM spokesman Libhuwani Mambhuru says hopes of finding a resolution are fading

"When the chamber tabled its initial offer, it told us if we can declare dispute or go on strike their officer will stand. It means that we went into mediation with people who have already told us that it's not going to make a difference."

Meanwhile, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) spokesperson Manzini Zungu says they remain hopeful that a better deal will be presented through the CCMA.

"They are going to the CCMA because of the employer; they gave R1,000 to the workers and they took it back."

On Thursday, NUM and Amcu said wage talks in the gold sector had collapsed.

NUM said a strike in the gold sector was "unavoidable".

Amcu is demanding an entry level wage of R12,500; while NUM wants a minimum salary of between R9,500 and R10,500.

The employers, on the other hand, are offering a hike of between R450 and R750.

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