NUM frowns at Sibanye Stillwater wage offer

2021-Aug-31   06:25

NUM frowns at Sibanye Stillwater wage offer
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed disappointment at mining giant Sibanye Stillwater’s wage offer.

- Dimakatso Genkoe

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed disappointment at mining giant Sibanye Stillwater’s wage offer.

The union’s National Executive Committee (NEC) members held a two-day meeting to discuss numerous challenges and ways to handle them for the rest of the year.

NUM charges that Sibanye has shown an arrogant attitude during the current wage talks in the gold sector.

Sibanye Stillwater is currently offering the following salary increases:

Category 4-8 (surface and underground workers)

Year 1-R300

Year 2-R390

Year 3-R420

Officials, Miners and Artisans

Year 1: 2,6%

Year 2: 3,5%

Year 3: 3,5%

In a statement released after the meeting, NUM said the mining company is making huge profits, but refusing to meet the employees' wage demand.

“Sibanye Stillwater in its two previous Quarterly Financi Results for 2021 has shown huge profits, including in the gold sector where wage negotiations are currently taking place.

"The workers in the gold sector are the ones who, through their sweats, made huge profits that the company is enjoying today.

The NUM is extremely unhappy that while the company is making huge profits, it is arrogantly pleading poverty,” read the statement.

Sibanye has also threatened to close down three of its operations in the gold sector which are Beatrix, Driefontein and Kloof mines.

The NUM NEC has resolved that members would march to the ANC’s headquarters, Luthuli House, to handover a memorandum on a date that is yet to be confirmed.

The union also wants an urgent meeting with the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, and his Public Enterprises counterpart, Pravin Gordhan, to discuss labour matters, including the unbundling of power utility, Eskom.

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