The bottom end of the commodities cycle continues to inflict pain on mining companies and Anglo Gold Ashanti announced even greater losses on Monday.
Mining says its offer is about sustaining the gold industry but unions urge caution.
Nehawu says the ANC is taking workers for a ride after the government revised ts initial wage offer from 5.8% to 5% at the bargaining council.
Chris Griffith says the timing of comments he made about being paid fairly while a strike at the mine continues was "seemingly insensitive".
Ahead of wage talks, trade union Solidarity says it wants an increase of 9.5% while employers in the industrial chemicals sector are offering 5%.
Amplats says a wage offer accepted by Numsa and the Uasa will be applied to all employees in the Numsa bargaining unit.
The CCMA has objected to the Chamber of Mines's chief negotiator saying the commission was making it "incredibly frustrating" to reach a settlement.
An Amcu strike on the platinum mines has kicked off and is set to disrupt operations accounting for about 70% of global output of the precious metal.
After more than a year of industrial action, Wits University and three unions have signed a salary agreement for the institution's staff.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has lowered its demand of R12 500 a month for workers at Impala Platinum, says the union.
Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union intend to down tools at the world's largest platinum mine.
While the NUM has dismissed gold miners' final wage increase offer, Solidarity says it needs more time to consult with its members first.
Gold mining companies have tabled their final wage offer to all labour unions within the sector, offering a basic increase of 6.5%.
SA flights could be disrupted after SAA's technical staff have vowed to go on strike over wages, adding to SA's already sticky labour situation.
As rivals Amcu and the NUM circle over mines in a desperate attempt to wrestle power, employers might have to brace for unsettling demands.
Eskom pay talks with unions have been referred to the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration after reaching a deadlock.
It would defuse increasingly hostile labour relations and create a more equitable society.
We are on the same side, we just manage different views, says Cosatu's Ehrenreich of rival farmworkers' union.