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UASA satisfied after successful wage negotiation season

The trade union UASA has achieved excellent results for its members in this year’s wage negations in the following sectors:

MINING SECTOR

GOLD MINES

Minimum wages at entry level will be increased by 10% and other increases range between 9% and 7.5% depending on job level at the company concerned.

Mining houses involved

AngloGold Ashanti (Great Noligwa Mine, Kopanang Mine, Moab Khotsong Mine, Mponeng Mine, Savuka Mine, Tau Tona Mine, Anglogold Ashanti Health, Metallurgical Services, Regional Services).

Gold Fields (Driefontein, Kloof, Beatrix, South Deep, Gold Fields Protection Services, Gold Fields Business and Leadership Academy, Gold Fields Commercial Services, Gold Fields Health Services West Wits, Gold Fields Health Services Free State, Gold Fields Shared Services, Gold Fields Property Services).

Harmony Gold (Brand 5, Unisel, St Helena, Masimong Mine, Elandsrand, Evander Gold Mines, Kalgold, Bambanani Mine including President Steyn 1 & 2, Joel Mine, Tshepong and Phakisa Mine, Target Mine, Free State Business Services, Ernest Oppenheimer Hospital, Doornkop Mines and Sir Albert Medical Centre and Central Services).

Rand Uranium (Randfontein Gold Estates).

The negotiations and eventual agreement reached did not extend to gold producers which are not members of the Chamber of Mines, for instance, DRDGold.

PLATINUM MINES

A two-year wage agreement was been concluded between Bokoni Platinum Mines, UASA, the Togetherness Amalgamated Workers' Union of SA (Tawusa) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Employees in the Operators Bargaining Unit will receive pay increases of 9% in 2011 and in 2012, while those in the Supervisors Bargaining Unit will receive 8% in both years.

COAL MINES

The minimum wage at most of the companies increased by 10.5%, and by 10% at the rest. Increases for higher level employees ranged between 7.5% and 9%.

Mining houses involved:

Anglo American Thermal Coal (Greenside, Goedehoop, Landau, Kriel, Kleinkopje, New Denmark, New Vaal, Zibulo, Isibonelo, Centralised Services)

Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga (Arnot, North Block Complex, Matla, New Clydesdale)

Kangra Coal (Savmore)

Kuyasa Mining (Delmas Coal)

Optimum Coal (Optimum Colliery, Koornfontein Mines)

Xstrata Coal SA (Mpumalanga Complex, Tweefontein Complex inclusive of Southstock operations, iMpunzi Complex excluding ATCOM, Goedgevonden Complex, Group Services).

The 2011 strike did not extend to coal producers which are not members of the Chamber of Mines and does not cover Sasol Mining.

METAL AND ENGINEERING INDUSTRY

Increases between 8% and 10% were negotiated, depending on the level of worker. The lower levels received 10%.

SAWMILLING CHAMBER INDUSTRY

An increase of 8% ATB and a minimum salary of R6000 per month were negotiated.

PAPER AND PULP INDUSTRY

A wage increase of 8% ATB was negotiated after weeks of strike.

SECURITY INDUSTRY

UASA members at EODT Security – the company that provides security at the embassies of the USA and Canada – received increases of  35% and 86% after negotiations.

SUGAR INDUSTRY

UASA members in the iugar Industry accepted management’s increased wage offer of 8% after negotiations.