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amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has retaliated against Sibanye-Stillwater, saying that the miner had resorted to further "underhanded tactics" in an effort to discredit the legal and protected status of the union’s strike at the producer’s gold operations.  

This was after Sibanye said on Thursday the strike by Amcu members was no longer protected as employees were henceforth bound by the collective agreement signed with three other unions.  Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said Sibanye's efforts and its management was "unscrupulous" in extending the wage agreement they had "covertly signed" with other unions.  Mathunjwa stated:  "Amcu has been reliably informed that Sibanye senior management has undergone the process of recruiting members for rival unions - NUM, Solidarity and Uasa.  Amcu also understands that HR managers at Sibanye have approached and enticed employees who currently do not belong to any union during working hours."  Mathunjwa said Amcu would pursue all legal avenues to protect the constitutional right of its members to go on strike.  An angry Mathunjwa has called a media briefing for Friday to provide further insight on the matter.  About 15,000 Amcu members went on strike three weeks ago after the union reached deadlock with Sibanye.

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