Gold producers withdraw their final wage hike offer

The gold mining house say the agreement cannot be signed because of the negotiation terms.

FILE: Solidarity is one of the smaller unions at the five gold companies and said it would accept the offer under duress to avoid job cuts. Picture: Harmony Gold.

JOHANNESBURG - The Chamber of Mines has confirmed that gold producers have now withdrawn their final offer for wage hikes.

The gold mining house say even though Trade Union Solidarity has accepted the final offe r, the agreement cannot be signed because of the negotiation terms.

Solidarity is one of the smaller unions at the five gold companies and said it would accept the offer under duress to avoid job cuts.

But the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have formally declared a dispute with the companies and are due to hold talks under the supervision the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

The chamber spokesperson Charmane Russell said, "When we put the final offer on the table, we indicated very clearly that the offer had been on the condition that all four unions accept it. But because Amcu and NUM have rejected the offer the condition obviously hasn't been met."

Yesterday, NUM said it's begun mobilising its members for a strike in the gold sector and the CCMA mediated talks will determine whether workers will down tools.