UASA Media Release: 08 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 will attend their first mediation session with Sibanye-Stillwater – Gold Operations at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on 19 October 2021.
The CCMA intervention is to mediate the dispute about a mutual interest dispute (which will include picketing rules if an unresolved certificate is issued) between the unions and management in their wage negotiations dispute with Sibanye-Stillwater Gold Operations.
The four unions demand a wage increase of at least 7% or R1 500 for all workers while Sibanye-Stillwater Gold Operations tabled a mere 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. This while Sibanye Stillwater gold Operations posted an interim profit of R25bn in the first half of 2021, beating its previous record of R21bn.
UASA views Sibanye-Stillwater Gold Operations willingness to negotiate with unions at the mediation facilitated by CCMA as a positive response. UASA questions Sibanye-Stillwater’s claims that the company didn’t generate enough profit from gold operations, yet production in South African local gold operations increased by 29% in the preceding six months,
compared to the same period in 2020. Sibanye Stillwater also recently announced its plan to develop uranium projects at its Beatrix West and Cook assets in South Africa as part of its expansion in to the “Green Metals Boom”.
Sadly, by not meeting a minimum wage demand Sibanye-Stillwater shows it does not care about the livelihood and wellbeing of its employees.
UASA is optimistically hopeful that Sibanye-Stillwater’s willingness to negotiate with the unions will produce positive results that will benefit employees and our members.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .