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amcu thumb medium80 81Miningmx reports that in the latest broadside fired in the violent, two-week-long strike over wage increases, Sibanye-Stillwater’s executive head of human resources, Themba Nkosi, posted an open letter to Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa, accusing him of making “disingenuous and dishonest” statements.  

In the past two weeks, three lives have been lost, several employees have been assaulted and a police officer was also assaulted.  Nkosi said the lawless actions during the past week were primarily caused by Amcu’s members and were the responsibility of its leadership.  Mathunjwa’s accusation that the judiciary (which upheld Sibanye’s interdict against Amcu’s violent behaviour) was biased in favour of big business was “a blatant red herring”, Nkosi claimed.  He reminded Mathunjwa that if the current strike persisted through the December holiday period, Amcu members, as well as the local economy, would experience significant hardship from the loss of wages.  “From prior experience, this strike will not only affect the company, but all other stakeholders, with our employees and their families being worst affected,” Nkosi wrote.

  • Read the full original report by Charlotte Mathews at Miningmx
  • Read Sibanye-Stillwater’s open letter at Miningmx
  • Read too, Amcu strike should be commended, not twisted, says Alternative Information & Development Centre, at BusinessLive

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