South African gold miners to strike from Tuesday – Chamber of Mines

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has given 48 hours’ notice of a strike at South Africa’s gold producers, the country’s Chamber of Mines said on Friday.

The Chamber, which collectively bargains on behalf of South African gold miners AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rand Uranium, Harmony Gold, Evander Gold Mine, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef, expects the strike to take effect from the night shift on September 3, it said.

“The employers will continue to make plans in anticipation of strike action, to ensure the continuation of essential services, and to ensure the safety and security of employees and assets,” the chamber said. “The employers remain open to discussions with all unions, and urge them to engage in good faith to reach an outcome that is acceptable to all.”

The NUM on Tuesday rejected a final pay offer from the chamber that would have raised wages for category four and five employees, including rock drill operators, by 6.5 percent. The union, which has called for a pay increase of 61 percent for the lowest paid workers, declared a wage dispute – a formal step before embarking on a legal strike – late last month.

Eddie van der Walt

About Eddie van der Walt

London-based, South African-born metals markets reporter, currently focusing on precious metals and the London Metal Exchange. All that glitters must be sold. Twitter: @EvdW