Mineworkers at Gold Fields South Deep mine have embarked on an indefinite strike. The strike follows the company’s decision to retrench 1100 of its 5000 workforce due to financial losses.
Three South African unions have signed a three-year wage deal with AngloGold Ashanti, potentially inching the country’s gold industry a closer to ending a standoff over pay.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union says its call for mining companies to be held accountable for mine deaths has fallen on deaf ears.
Unions involved in the Eskom wage negotiations have requested a meeting with Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the board of the power utility.
The National Union of Mineworkers says all unions at Eskom have vowed not to accept any wage offer below eight-percent.
Eskom upped its wage offer to 7% on Friday which was rejected by Unions, who had earlier also turned down the offer of 6.7 percent.
Wage talks between Eskom and unions will resume on Wednesday after the power utility tabled a four-point-seven percent increase.
Wage talks between Eskom and unions are due to resume on Tuesday in Woodmead, north of Johannesburg. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), NUMSA and Solidarity are expected to take part.
The NUM has said there will not be a total shutdown at Eskom on Thursday, however its members will still march in a mass demonstration to the company’s headquarters in Johannesburg to hand over a memorandum.
No large-scale electricity outages are expected today or tomorrow, despite social media messages to this effect that are being widely circulated.