Sibanye Gold ‘has no intention’ of revising wage offer for Amcu workers

Amcu has now been handed a certificate of non-resolution, meaning it can embark on a protected strike.

FILE: While Amcu has received a certificate of non-resolution and the right to strike, it has not served Sibanye Gold with notice of the action. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sibanye Gold says it has no intention of revising its offer to its employees recruited by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) after they failed to reach an agreement over wages at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Amcu has now been handed a certificate of non-resolution, meaning it can embark on a protected strike at the company.

But the union claims it also has the right to strike at AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony Gold, despite a deal being signed with majority unions the National Union of Mineworkers, trade union Solidarity and the United Association of South Africa.

While Amcu has received a certificate of non-resolution and the right to strike, it has not served Sibanye Gold with notice of the action.

This is because it intends holding a mass meeting with members to vote on whether to go on strike.

Meanwhile, Chamber of Mines lead negotiator Elize Strydom says they will continue negotiating with the other unions to avoid a work stoppage.

"We are going to try our utmost to conclude an agreement and to avoid strike action."

The new deal will see entry level miners earning between R97,000 and R106,000 a year excluding overtime and bonuses.