South African Union Seeks 12,500 Rand Minimum for Gold Miners


South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union plans to demand a 12,500 rand ($957) monthly minimum wage from some of the country’s top gold producers in upcoming wage negotiations.

The labor group decided on its demands on Sunday at a mass meeting near Carletonville, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) west of Johannesburg. It is the second largest union at producers including AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., Sibanye Gold Ltd. and Harmony Gold Mining Co Ltd., according to Minerals Council South Africa, a lobby representing the industry.

“12,500 rand, I think it can put the worker in a better place,” especially considering higher taxes and petrol prices, AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa said in an interview after the meeting. What workers are currently paid “isn’t…

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