Gold wage talks: All parties willing to reach a compromise

Conciliation talks between unions & gold mining companies will continue today at the CCMA.

NUM, Amcu, Solidarity and Uasa declared a dispute with AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Conciliation talks between unions and gold mining companies will continue today at the CCMA where all parties say they're willing to reach a compromised agreement before considering strike action.

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Solidarity and the United Association of South Africa (Uasa) declared a dispute with AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold.

The companies say their final offer of a R1,000 increase, plus benefits is reasonable.

But they are open to negotiations.

NUM's Livhuwani Mambhuru said "The NUM did meet the CCMA commissioners. They wanted to familiarise themselves with the issues where we're not agreeing with the employer. As the NUM, we're not rushing for a strike, we want to give mediation an opportunity to see if we can reach a compromise."