JOHANNESBURG - Mining unions cannot rule out a strike early next year if the wage deadlock at Sibanye Stillwater is not resolved.
Sibanye says it increased its offer five times but unions have not moved much from their initial demands.
Employees say Sibanye's offer is disappointing and falls short of the wage deals secured at other gold miners, like Harmony Gold, Gold Fields and Village Main Reef.
The unions want R1,500 per worker per year for three years.
Sibanye's latest offer includes R530 in the first year, R600 in the second year, and R630 in the third year for surface and underground workers.
It has offered between 4.5 to 4.49 percent for higher category workers.