South Africa Gold Mine Owners, Unions Agree Pay Deal

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Johannesburg: South Africa’s gold mine owners and unions representing workers said Wednesday they had reached a deal to end months of industrial unrest that has curbed production of the precious metal.

The Chamber of Mines and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) agreed to a series of pay rises that will now be put to striking workers for approval beginning Wednesday.

The deal will include a pay increase for entry-level workers, and an “allowance” for rock drill and other operators.

In a face-saving measure – designed to avoid a precedent – the parties insisted the current two-year wage deal was not renegotiated.

Instead the deal cast aside lower pay categories, automatically giving entry-level workers a bump.

“When you talk about moving a miner from grade three to four this is an increase. They have agreed to increase wages in line with the current wages agreement,” NUM said.

 

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