Gold companies declare dispute with Solidarity

The companies include AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony and Sibanye Gold.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Gold companies represented by the Chamber of Mines have declared a dispute with Trade Union Solidarity and have decided to refer the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for intervention.

These companies include AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony and Sibanye Gold.

All four unions, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and the United Association of South Africa rejected the final offer made by the companies last month and responded with a number of counter demands.

However, this week, Solidarity which is one of the smaller unions at the gold companies, said it would accept the offer under duress to avoid job cuts.

But the Chamber of Mines' Elize Strydom says the final offer was made on the condition that it was accepted by all four unions.

"The chamber made a final offer to all trade unions and the condition to the final offer was that it had to be accepted by all four unions. On 13 August, NUM and Amcu rejected this offer."