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Sibanya-Stillwater reaches 3-year wage agreement with three unions

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Sibanye-Stillwater, the South African gold and platinum miner, has concluded a three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (the NUM), Solidarity and UASA in respect of wages and conditions of service for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.

The agreement allows for increases to the basic wage of Category 4-8 surface and underground employees of R700 per month in the first year, R700 per month in the second year and R825 per month in the third year. Miners, artisans and officials will receive increases of 5.5% in year one and 5.5% or CPI (whichever is the greater) in years two and three of the agreement.

The company’s CEO, Neal Froneman, commented: “We are pleased to have reached a wage agreement with the NUM, UASA and Solidarity, which we believe is fair, but takes into consideration the longer term sustainability of the gold operations. It is only through ensuring sustainable and economically viable operations, that the mining industry can continue to support and create value for all of its stakeholders.”

In addition to the basic wage, the parties agreed to an increase in the current living-out allowance by R50 to a maximum of R2150 per month from 1 September 2018. The company will increase the living-out allowance by R75 to a maximum of R2225 per month on 1 September 2019 and by R100 to a maximum of R2325 per month in the year that follows.

The company has also agreed to increase incrementally the current minimum medical incapacity benefit of R55 000 to R60 000 over the three-year period by increasing the benefit by R1500 on 1 July 2018; R1500 on 1 July 2019; and R2000 on 1 July 2020.

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