NUM submitted wage demands to gold sector employers

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The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) confirmed that it has submitted its consolidated key wage demands for the years 2021 to 2023 to the gold sector employers on Wednesday, 19 May 2021.

The NUM has mandated the gold sector negotiating team to go all out and negotiate for good wages. NUM Acting General Secretary William Mabapa said it will be for the first time in the history of bargaining in the gold sector that they will be negotiating with companies on an individual basis, outside of the traditional centralised collective bargaining council.

The NUM is demanding amongst other things, that Medical Aid contributions of 80% by employers and 20% by employees, maternity leave of six months maternity leave with full pay, housing allowance and that 10% per month be paid as Underground Allowance.

Mabapa said NUM will be expecting “arrogance” from employers as they will come up with so many excuses. “Our negotiating team is ready. We have submitted our key demands and we will await dates from the gold sector employers. We believe that our demands are fairly reasonable and could be easily met by the employers”.

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