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AngloGold Ashanti and trade unions reach agreement on shift changes and wage increases over next three years

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Global gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti and a number of its associated trade unions have reached an agreement on wage increases for the next three years, as well as a new shift arrangement, representing the majority of its employees in South Africa. The deal, which was signed yesterday, represents an important step in a process to improve pay for its employees – particularly those at the entry level - while providing security as it works to return its business in the country to profitability.

AngloGold Ashanti’s Chief Operating Officer in South Africa, Chris Sheppard, said: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement after robust but constructive talks with the unions who represent most of our employees in South Africa.”

“The new shift arrangement is an important factor, as it provides an opportunity for us to realise improvements in productivity and Safe Production, which are essential to the long-term sustainability of the business.”

The agreements were signed by the Association of Mining and Construction Union (AMCU), which represents 48.9% of AngloGold Ashanti’s workforce in South Africa, as well as Solidarity, which represents 3.7% and the UASA the Union, which represents 9.4%. Talks are ongoing with the National Union of Mineworkers, which represents 32.8% of AngloGold Ashanti’s employees in South Africa. Non-union members account for 5.1% of the company’s South Africa workforce.

The agreements on pay and shift arrangements are reportedly key pillars in the strategy to complete the turnaround of the business, which represents around 13% of the company’s total production. The AngloGold Ashanti final agreement with unions entails the following: In respect of category 4 – 8 employees:

  • First year: R700 increase per month on standard rate plus an additional R300 per month in consideration for agreeing to and working the new shift arrangements as envisaged in the new shift arrangements agreement. In total, this will result in an increase of the standard rate of pay of R1000.
  • Second year: R800 increase per month on standard rate plus an additional R200 per month in consideration for agreeing to and working the new shift arrangements as envisaged in the New Shift Arrangements Agreement. In total, this will result in an increase of the standard rate of pay of R1000.
  • Third year: R900 per month on standard rate plus an additional R100 per month in consideration for agreeing to and working the new shift arrangements as envisaged in the new shift arrangements agreement.

Altogether, this will result in an increase of the standard rate of pay of R1000. The wage agreement for the Miners & Artisans and Officials comprises 5.5% on the standard rate with an additional 1% in consideration for agreeing to and working the new shift arrangements as envisaged in the new shift arrangements agreement. This final offer, which will result in an increase on the standard monthly rate of 6.5% for the first year, will reportedly be continued through to the second and third years as 6.5% or CPI, whichever is the greater for the balance of the agreement.

Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/finance-business/18092018/anglogold-ashanti-and-trade-unions-reach-agreement-on-shift-changes-and-wage-increases-over-next-three-years/

 

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