Amcu accepts Sibanye Gold new wage offer

Amcu said Sibanye Gold offered workers R700 for year one, R725 for year two and R800 for year three.

FILE: Amcu mineworkers show their membership cards during their thousands-strong march to Lonmin’s headquarters in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Sunday it had agreed to take a new wage offer from mining company Sibanye Gold.

Last week, Amcu said launched an indefinite strike at Sibanye Gold to demand higher wages.

Amcu said on its Twitter account, "We as Amcu accept Sibanye Gold's new wage offer as voted for unanimously ... by our members today."

The union said Sibanye Gold offered workers R700 for year one, R725 for year two and R800 for year three.

Amcu had said it wouldn't accept the outcome of last year's wage negotiations, which saw Sibanye and three other unions agree to a 12.5 percent salary increase implemented over three years.

The union believes workers at the gold mining company are under-paid and says they should have salaries that are on par with mineworkers in the coal and platinum sectors.

Amcu members had voted in October to strike in the gold sector, including at Sibanye, but had agreed not to down tools immediately.

Amcu spokesperson Manzini Zungu said the union had given a 48-hour strike notice to Sibanye.

"We will go on strike for as long as our members are saying 'stay on a strike'," he said.

"Sibanye is on a shopping spree, acquiring other assets but their workers are paid very low wages."