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Sibanye StillwaterEWN reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has confirmed that its members will go on strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines on Wednesday night.  

This strike follows a breakdown in wage negotiations between the union and the producer and close to 15,000 workers will apparently be downing tools.  Amcu said it simply did not make sense that many of the company’s executives earned millions of rands yet the company was unable to meet the demand of a R12,500 monthly minimum wage.  According Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa, the problem in the gold sector was not productivity, but “how the wealth generated from the sector is distributed among the role players."  Mathunjwa said it was clear that executives wanted to benefit alone.  “Our members are prepared to do this in order to achieve a living wage in this sector.  It is clear that affordability is not in question.  The elephant in the room is how to share this cake which is currently benefitting a few.”  Amcu called on the employer to return to negotiations and review its offer.

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