UASA Media Release: 01 October 2021
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
UASA, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and Solidarity have for the first time in the history of trade union negotiations in the South African mining industry taken a united stand against an insolent wage increase offer by miner Sibanye-Stillwater.
The four unions demand at least a 7% or R1 500 wage increase for all workers while Sibanye-Stillwater is not prepared to offer more than R400 in year 1 for Category 4-8 (surface and underground workers), R520 in year 2 and R540 in year 3. For artisans, miners and officials the mine offers a 3,4% wage increase in year 1 and 4,3% in year 2 and 3.
At a media conference this morning, the unions showed their joint disappointment and said the offer was a slap in the face of the hardworking miners employed by Sibanye-Stillwater, as it is believed that the company recorded a profit of R25 billion in the first half of 2021.
UASA also expressed disappointment in Sibanye-Stillwater’s core values and beliefs which they publicly pronounce to be that they “care about our people and organised labour” but their current wage increase offer speaks to the contrary. UASA is more concerned about the workers who give their all for the benefit of the organisation while Sibanye-Stillwater management seems to view generating profits as its first priority.
The unions agreed to give Sibanye-Stillwater time to re-evaluate its offer and meet their demands via other routes, such as including meal and transport allowances, paternity leave, housing and live-out allowances. The unions also agreed that they were willing to sign a wage agreement with Sibanye-Stillwater in the coming week(s) once their demands were met. If the company does not agree the unions agreed they will have no choice but to consider strike action.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .