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Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that Sibanye-Stillwater advised on Monday that the mediator of the ongoing strike at its SA gold operations would approach the Labour Court to seek guidance about the process of verification of union membership.  

This was because Sibanye and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) were at odds about the terms of reference for the process.  Last month, the court ordered the CCMA to facilitate a union membership verification process at the mines within three days, and report back to the court on progress by 7 January 2019.  This was after Amcu had opposed Sibanye’s extension of a wage agreement with three other unions to all employees, including Amcu members.  Sibanye had earlier approached the court seeking to interdict Amcu’s wage strike at Kloof, Beatrix and Driefontein mines on the basis that it had legally extended the existing collective agreement to all employees in the bargaining unit, including Amcu members, because the membership of the signatory unions had increased to over 50% of employees.  Sibanye’s James Wellsted said the CCMA had commenced with the union membership verification exercise on Thursday, but the process had had to be adjourned over the terms of reference.

  • Read the original report in this regard in full at The Citizen


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