Graphics24 The deals with the three companies differ in relatively minor ways, but all feature the same core increase to the basic wage: R1 000 per year for three years.
This will raise the lowest basic wage for underground workers from R8 000 to R11 000 by July 2018 at Anglo/Sibanye and Impala.
At Lonmin, where wages are slightly higher due to a hasty deal following the Marikana massacre, the basic wage will rise from R8 700 to R11 700.
The housing allowance of between R2 000 and R2 500 will only increase by 5% or less every year.
Importantly, provident fund contributions will be calculated off a lower base than basic wages, rising by more or less inflation.
Both Lonmin and Impala now recognise no other unions but Amcu.
At Impala, the NUM now has about 3.5% of workers as members, according to Theron. At Lonmin, it was likewise below 5%, said Magara.
At Angloplat, the minority unions are recognised, but Amcu’s majority is large enough to let it unilaterally impose its wage deal on all workers in any case.
The deal with Anglo is also now Sibanye Gold’s baby as the sale of Anglo’s Rustenburg platinum mines gets finalised this week.
Mathunjwa suggested that Amcu was already on guard against any possible retrenchments at the Rustenburg mines once Sibanye takes the reins.