Mining wage

Ebrahim Harvey | Amplats pay deal shows way for other mining companies

Amplats Tumela mine in Limpopo. Photo: Amplats

Given the state of the economy and the current very negative global outlook, it can be argued that a decent wage increase over a five-year period provides substantial stability in the interests of unions and business, writes Ebrahim Harvey.

The five-year wage agreement of an average increase of 6.6% recently reached between Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the National Union of Miners (NUM), Association of Miners and Construction (AMCU) and the he United Association of SAs (UASA) is a great achievement. This is the case, especially considering the three-month long, protracted and bitter pay dispute at Sibanye-Stillwater, which was fortunately settled a month ago when a revised offer from the Mediation Commission, Conciliation and Arbitration (CCMA) was accepted. by all parties.

Although the Sibanye-Stillwater settlement is considerably less than what the unions demanded of a R1,000 pay rise over three years, it is an important victory for workers who fought to support the strike against great difficulties. The regulations provide for an increase of R1,000 in the first year. The second year is R900 and the third year is R750 respectively.

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