The Solidarity union and the South African workers of Sibanye-Stillwater are no longer at odds after the former accepted the miner’s most recent wage offer.
According to a Reuters report, the union has now withdrawn any further labour action and has split from a group of unions negotiating together for the first time.
Solidarity and three other union groups – Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and UASA – had been up against the miner over the wage rates for union workers at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold operations.
The sixth and final offer for a 5% increase to miners, artisans and officials annually and a raise for Category 4-8 employees of 800 rand ($51.72) per month for three years will now be put into place.
The deal also includes a 100-rand-per-month increase in allowances.
The deal was accepted by an overwhelming majority, union representative Riaan Visser told Reuters.
“We are satisfied with the offer and are happy that we could negotiate this increase for our members,” he confirmed.
The remaining unions have not yet announced how the strike votes went with their respective members.