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Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has written an open letter to Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa amid an ongoing strike at the miner’s gold operations.  

The strike follows Sibanye reaching a wage agreement with three other unions, which Amcu has refused to sign.  Amcu represents about 43% of the 32,200 of Sibanye’s employees at its SA gold operations.  In the letter, Sibanye expressed its “great concern” at the intimidation and violence that has marked the Amcu strike, which has “resulted in the loss of three lives, employees being assaulted and a female police office being severely assaulted and stripped of her weapon.”  The offer accepted by the other unions was “final and fair”, the gold miner stated.  In terms thereof, an entry-level employee would earn a guaranteed income of over R12,800 a month in the first year of the agreement, increasing to over R 14,900 a month, in year three.  Sibanye urged Amcu’s leadership to consider the wellbeing of all stakeholders and the wellbeing of the industry, which has been shedding jobs over the last couple of years and to engage in good faith in the interest of a sustainable solution for the gold sector.

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