Trade union members of AMCU and the NUM gave union leadership a mandate to accept a three-year wage proposal made by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to the parties. This could see the end of a three-month long lockout by Sibanye-Stillwater at its SA gold operations.

This significant event happened during a mass meeting which took place at the Masizakhele Stadium at Sibanye-Stillwater’s SA gold operations. The proposal mandated is in line with inflation over a three-year period (at an average annual increase of 6.3% total increase) and will contribute to the sustainability of the Sibanye-Stillwater SA gold operations. 

“We welcome this positive step towards ending the industrial action at our Gold operations and thank our employees for making their voices heard,” commented Richard Stewart, Sibanye-Stillwater’s Chief Regional Officer for Southern Africa. He added that the company also acknowledged the integral mediation role played by the CCMA in facilitating constructive engagements between the parties. 

CCMA proposal

The CCMA proposal to the parties includes:

  • Category 4- 8 employees will receive an increase of R1 000 in year 1 (amounting to a 7.7% increase); R900 in year 2 (amounting to a 6.5% increase); and R750 in year 3 (amounting to a 5.2% increase)
  • Miners, Artisans and Official will receive an increase of 5% in year 1; *5.5% (or CPI if CPI is between 5% and 5.5% in year 2; and 5% in year 3
*If CPI is greater than 5.5% then the increase will be 5.5%. If CPI is less than 5% then the increase will be 5%. Or if CPI is between 5% and 5.5% then the increase will be the same as CPI.

In addition, Category 4 – 8 employees will receive a once off hardship allowance payment of R3,000 of which R1 200 will be a cash payment to employees and R1 800 will be allocated to reduction of debt or loans owing to the Company.

For the agreement to be binding and for the lock-out to be lifted, the agreement must be formally concluded by Sibanye-Stillwater and the leadership of AMCU and the NUM. This is expected to take place in the foreseeable future. Further details will be provided in due course.

The final agreement will be extended to all employees in the bargaining unit including members of UASA and Solidarity. “We now look forward to returning our SA gold operations to stability and profitability for the benefit of all stakeholders,” Stewart concluded.

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