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sibanyeDavid McKay reports that Sibanye has said it would remain consistent in its treatment of unprotected strikes following a decision by the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) to return to work at Kroondal Platinum Mine.  

Wage talks between platinum producers and unions, including the Amcu and the National Union of Mineworkers, are due to kick off later this year.  One view is that the gold and platinum group metals producer may adopt a more careful approach to Amcu because of the union’s potential to disrupt its business on a larger scale once Sibanye completes the purchase of Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  It has, therefore, been suggested that it may be prudent not to antagonise the union ahead of the RPM acquisition, due to be completed later this year.  “No, not at all,” said James Wellsted, a spokesman for Sibanye Gold.  “I think the fact that we interdicted them [Amcu] immediately tells you we won’t be changing our approach,” he said.  On Friday, the Labour Court granted an interdict ruling Amcu’s strike at Kroondal unprotected.

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