26 May

UASA Media Release: 26 May 2022

UASA representatives signing the wage agreement on behalf of its members at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton.

Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

UASA has signed a five-year wage agreement on behalf of its members with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). The agreed wages and other conditions of employment are valid from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2027.

UASA succeeded in building in a safety net clause to provide members with additional surety and stability for the duration of this multi-year agreement. The safety net provides for possible CPI-adjusted increases in years four and five.

The revised housing/rent subsidy encourages the phasing out of living-out allowances to allow Amplats to plan for workers’ proper housing in the long term. The primary focus of this revision is to encourage homeownership among workers.

The sad reality is that many mineworkers live in informal settlements in and around their employers without proper roofs over their heads and sanitation a quarter-century into democracy. UASA vehemently opposes the dire conditions workers are living under, and we advocate safe and decent housing conditions for our members and all other workers.

UASA is proud of how Anglo American came forward to tackle the wage negotiations following a profitable year in their platinum group division. UASA encourages the Sibanye Platinum division to consider doing the same for their workers during their upcoming wage negotiations season.

First-year basic wage/salary increase

  • All current A and B grades (A3 to B7) employees shall receive R1150 or 7.5% per annum, whichever is greater, from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023; and
  • All current C and D grades (C1 to D1) shall receive 6.0%, with effect from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023, with a guaranteed minimum of R20973.00 for all C1 grade employees who currently earn less than R19 00. This guaranteed minimum for C1 grade employees does not apply to Mototolo Mine employees as they will be subject to the section 197 alignment process.

Second-year basic wage/salary increase

  • All current A and B grades (A3 to B7) employees shall receive R1200 or 7.5% per annum, whichever is greater, with effect from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024; and
  • All current C and D grades (C1 to D1) shall receive 6% per annum, with effect from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.

Third-year basic wage/salary increase

  • All current A and B grades (A3 to B7) employees shall receive R1300 or 7.5% per annum, whichever is greater, with effect from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025; and
  • All current C and D grades (C1 to D1) shall receive 6% per annum, from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025.

Fourth-year basic wage/salary increase

  • All current A and B grades (A3 to B7) employees shall receive R1400 or 7.5% per annum, whichever is greater, with effect from 1 July 2025 to 30 June 2026; and
  • All current C and D grades (C1 to D1) shall receive 6.5% per annum, with effect from 1 July 2025 to 30 June 2026.

Fifth-year basic wage/salary increase

  • All current A and B grades (A3 to B7) employees shall receive R1500 or 7.5% per annum, whichever is greater, with effect from 1 July 2026 to 30 June 2027; and
  • All current C and D grades (C1 to D1) shall receive 6.5% per annum from 1 July 2026 to 30 June 2027.

For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at  065 170 0162 .

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