BDLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will demand a R12,500 monthly basic salary for underground workers in the gold sector during forthcoming negotiations, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said on Wednesday.

He indicated at a briefing that the union would demand that salaries for underground and surface workers be increased by between R6,500 and R7,000 as well as a doubling of the living out allowance. The current basic salary in the gold sector is about R5,700, with Amcu’s demand requiring increases of well over 100%. Mathunjwa cited high executive salary levels, which he said had increased despite declining production levels within the gold sector. “Amcu submits the 2015 wage demands with a clear conscience and intends to see (salary) parity prevail,” he said. The three other unions bargaining with companies under the auspices of the Chamber of Mines have already submitted their demands, including the largest, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) which is demanding an 80% rise at the lowest level.