Wage negotiation update
Westonaria, 2 October 2015: Sibanye (JSE: SGL & NYSE: SBGL) advises shareholders that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA have accepted the offers made by fellow gold producers AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has unfortunately rejected all of the companies’ offers and obtained a certificate of non-resolution from the CCMA.
The offer made by Sibanye to the unions was conditional on all four unions accepting the offer and as a result of AMCU’s rejection of the offers, Sibanye has not yet signed the agreements with the other three unions.
Sibanye recognizes all representative unions equally as important stakeholders and in order to ensure the sustainability of its operations and preserve a harmonious working environment, the company has committed to continued engagement with all the unions until there is common agreement.
Commenting on the recent developments, Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye said; “It was pleasing to note the acceptance of the wage agreements by the NUM, UASA and Solidarity. These unions have acted in the interest of their members to protect jobs and at the same time considered the sustainable future of the industry. It was however disappointing that AMCU chose to reject all of the offers. Feedback from Sibanye employees suggests that the majority of employees, including AMCU members, are in favour of accepting the current offer and the company will continue to engage with AMCU in order to reach an agreement”.
“The offer is fair and will ensure that our future is secured and that jobs are protected and we will not be adjusting or increasing this offer” Froneman concluded.
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