According to Eye Witness News, Amcu's move to table its demands comes in the backdrop of a decision by rival union the National Union of Mineworkers to table its demands for a minimum wage of R7,000 for the lowest paid surface miner and R12,500 for those working underground.
Meanwhile, the chamber's chief negotiator Elize Strydom acknowledged the wage talks will be a mammoth task.
'There's no doubt that these negotiations will be tough and the companies can't afford what's being put on the table. 'We will try to find a solution, normally that would be the middle ground, what the company can afford and the expectation of the workers,' Eye Witness News reports.
And that's why the Chamber will first hold pre-negotiations meetings with unions before the talks commence in July.
While the Chamber remains optimistic that the wage talks will be successful, their biggest mistake would be to 'walk into wage negotiations with trade unions without a fundamental knowledge of collective bargaining, the negotiation process and the relevant legislation,' warns The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
To prevent this, there are methods they can use to conduct wage negotiations successfully and avoid a deadlock that'll cause disruptions to an industry that saw 34 people being killed by police in mining unrest at Lonmin's Marikana mine last year and billions of rand lost in output as well as credit downgrades.
Be careful not to overlook this area as well in your company – because all companies face the threat of a crippling strike when wage negotiations come to a deadlock.
Avoid strikes using these seven wage negotiations essentials
Using these methods will ensure you conduct wage negotiations with your employees successfully and avoid a crippling strike that the mining industry could face if they fail to reach an agreement with unions.