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amcu thumb medium80 81David McKay writes that the timing of a strike called by the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) at Sibanye-Stillwater’s West Rand gold operations is curious, coming less than a month before the summer holiday season kicks in.  

One theory is that Amcu’s attempt to improve upon the three-year wage settlement accepted this month by the producer’s other three unions, including the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), is only part of the equation.  McKay suggests that by far the greater factor at work is Amcu’s desire to widen its protest against planned retrenchments at Lonmin, the company Sibanye-Stillwater is due to take over pending a Competition Tribunal deliberation on 23 November.  But whether Amcu will be successful in extracting either a better wage deal from Sibanye-Stillwater, or have any effect on Lonmin retrenchments is highly questionable and the likeliest answer is no on either count.  Nonetheless, Sibanye-Stillwater has a strike on its hands.  About two-thirds of the workforce at its Driefontein mine is Amcu-aligned, therefore the potential stayaway might be better observed at that mine’s shafts, whereas Amcu’s influence at Kloof is much smaller where the NUM predominates.  But, at both mines, the potential for disruption is significantly high.

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