CCMA to host wage talks with gold companies & unions

The conciliation talks are taking place after wage negotiations failed earlier this month.

The conciliation talks are taking place after wage negotiations failed earlier this month. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Conciliation talks between three major gold mining companies and four unions will start at the CCMA today after wage negotiations failed earlier this month.

Sibanye Gold, AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony Gold are in dispute with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Solidarity and the United Association of South Africa (Uasa) over their final offer.

The proposed wage hikes of R1,000 with additional benefits was rejected as three of the unions demanded salary hikes of up to 80 percent.

The talks between the CCMA, mining unions and gold companies will happen simultaneously after the commission took a decision to consolidate them last week.

The unions rejected an offer to raise basic pay by R1,000 at two of the companies and R500 at Harmony Gold.

The current basic pay is around R5,800 in the gold industry.

The NUM has already warned that a strike may be on the cards, but this week's talks would aim to prevent this from happening.

Time frames for the talks are expected to be ironed out when the meeting begins.