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amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), said on Friday that the union's members at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations would remain on strike.  

He disputed the producer’s argument that the action was now illegal and was speaking at a media conference organised to respond to Sibanye's decision to extend a wage agreement in place with a number of other unions to Amcu members - a move it said meant the Amcu strike was no longer protected.  Mathunjwa claimed the union had seen no documentation and stated:  "As far as we are concerned, we are still on strike.  We... advise our members not to report to work on Saturday as they are still in a protected strike until their demands have been met by the employer."  A Sibanye spokesman affirmed that the strike was now unprotected and that employees who did not turn up to work would be subject to internal disciplinary procedures.  Amcu, which represents around 43% of Sibanye's gold workforce in SA, called the strike in mid-November, after discussions over the wage agreement with Sibanye broke down.  It wants to secure what it describes as a living wage for its members, of R12 500 per month.

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