Mining wage

South African unions sign pay deal with miner Sibanye

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of South Africa and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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JOHANNESBURG, June 12 (Reuters) – Two South African unions signed a three-year wage deal for miner Sibanye Stillwater (SSWJ.J) on June 11, one of the unions said on Sunday, removing the last obstacle to a restart operations at its gold mines in the country.

The unions – National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) – had agreed to a pay deal with the company on June 3 after almost three months on strike, but no did not sign an agreement because certain aspects of the agreement were still under negotiation. Read more

Sibanye, which also mines platinum group metals in South Africa and the United States, said on Friday that certain terms of the draft agreement had not been agreed to by the parties and therefore were not not allowed to return to work.

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Sibanye had locked out its workers from its gold operations since the strike began in early March.

“The pay deal, signed late Saturday morning, ends a three-month strike first called by the NUM and AMCU on March 8,” the NUM said in a statement.

Sibanye did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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Reporting by Promit Mukherjee, editing by Louise Heavens

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