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sibanyeMineweb reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is unhappy about the reported wage agreement that has been reached between Sibanye Gold and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

It has requested that negotiations for all unions represented at Sibanye mines be re-opened.  Sibanye concluded a wage deal last year with the NUM, Solidarity and Uasa, which Amcu refused to sign and it later gained legal permission to strike.  Amcu duly presented a strike notice to Sibanye on Monday, but later suspended it pending the outcome of renewed negotiations with the company.  According to the NUM’s Livhuwani Mammburu, Sibanye has agreed terms with Amcu that will surpass the one penned with the three unions last year.  Amcu members in the lowest paid category will receive R25 more than the R675 increase agreed to last year.  Mammburu commented:  “This is unprecedented and unacceptable, and our members are angry.  They are asking us, ‘what is the company doing?'”  Solidarity’s Gideon du Plessis is also unhappy with what Sibanye has done.

  • Read this report by Warren Dick in full at Mineweb
  • Read Solidarity’s press release in this regard at Solidarity online


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