SA Gold, Coal Companies Expect Unions to Sign Wage Agreements
Source: Mining Weekly, Esmarie Swanepoel (7/27/09)
". . .I think it is a win-win situation."
Trade union Solidarity spokesperson Reint Dykema confirmed that it would sign the coal and gold wage agreements.
Gold companies made a final offer of a 9% increase for miners, artisans and officials and a 10% increase for category four to eight employees for 2009. Employers have also offered a consumer price index (CPI), plus a 1% increase for employees for the second year of the wage agreement.
Employees in the coal-mining sector have also been presented with a final wage increase offer of between 9% and 10% and would be entitled to an increase of the average CPI plus 1%, with a guaranteed increase of 7.5%.
"We are happy with the increase. It is a CPI plus one, which is better than the CPI that was offered. And we have received a double-figure raise for the largest part of the workforce, so I think it is a win-win situation," Dykema said in an interview.
Trade unions threatened earlier this month that their members would go on strike, saying that the wage negotiations were dragging on too long.