General Secretary of Trade Union Solidarity, Gideon du Plessis, said the improvement of mining salaries would ultimately lead to increased productivity in the gold sector.
Du Plessis’ comments come as trade unions and the gold sector embarked on wage negotiations this week. He said the two went hand-in-hand, adding that with the right leadership South African mining could find itself back on track again.
Citing the developments at AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony Gold, Du Plessis said: “The sale of AngloGold Ashanti’s mines to, among others, Harmony Gold and Village Main Reef has resulted in increased productivity at these mines which can be attributed to a changing production method which is being followed under supervision of the new management.”
The key word being bandied about under these circumstances is balance. Balance which sees employees receive decent increases, which will in turn have a positive impact on worker loyalty and lead to increased production if correct production processes are followed.
“Healthy labour relations also constitute an important element in ensuring that mining teams work together in harmonious cohesion,” added Du Plessis.