The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is poised to throw down the gauntlet to the gold mining industry, preparing to demand wage increases of nearly 60% for the lowest-paid miners.

Trade unions and the industry are due to hammer out a new three-year wage deal later in 2021, with workers seeking a share of bumper profits. The sector rode on the back of higher bullion prices, which reached a record in 2020, even as it suffered output disruptions due to the pandemic...

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