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NUM concludes three-year wage agreement with Harmony Gold

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NUM has issued a statement confirming that it has concluded and signed off on a three-year wage agreement with Harmony Gold from July 2021 to June 2024.

On Thursday, 16 September 2021, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) issued a statement confirming that it has finally concluded and signed a three-year wage agreement with Harmony Gold. The duration of the agreement will last for a three-year period, which commenced on 1 July 2021 and will end on 30 June 2024.

NUM announced that Harmony Gold has agreed to provide female employees with six months paid maternity leave in terms of the applicable policies and procedures. Paternity leave will also be granted to male workers with five days paid leave, and five days unpaid leave per leave cycle.

This will be subject to section 25 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act No 75 of 1997 (BCEA) and will also be in terms of the applicable policies and procedures. NUM further noted that its members at Harmony Gold have expressed excitement that the agreements have been concluded.

What has the acting Secretary General of NUM had to say about the agreement reached?

William Mabapa stated, “Num wishes to express sincere gratitude to members at Harmony Gold for their behaviour during the negotiation period until the mandate was handed over for NUM to sign the wage agreement.”

What increases has Harmony Gold agreed to pay?

Category 4-8 surface and underground workers will receive R1 000 increases over three years, lower-level officials will also receive R1 000, which is a 6 percent increase. Miners and artisans can also expect to receive a 6 percent increase over the three-year period, while officials can anticipate the same 6 percent increase over the three-year period.

What is the NUM’s mission?

NUM’s vision is to organise all mine, construction and energy workers. It seeks to protect, promote and advance the interests of all its members. NUM also seeks to unite, inspire and educate members and is committed to turning its member’s dreams as a worker into reality.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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