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Mathunjwa2ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) vowed on Tuesday to continue with its protected strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations until its demand of a R1,000 annual wage increment for the next three-year period was met.  

Addressing members in Carletonville at the union's first central mass meeting of 2019, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa assured his members that the strike would proceed despite the multiple attempts by Sibanye to hinder it.  Amcu has been on strike at Sibanye's Kloof, Beatrix and Driefontein mines since 22 November 2018, refusing a three-year wage agreement signed with three other unions.  He said that this year the protected strike would encompass several marches to key locations including a march to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), and could include a secondary strike in the platinum sector in support of the strike against Sibanye.  "We want to show the Sibanye Stillwater CEO and executives that we mean business when it comes to fighting for and protecting the rights of workers.  We will stand up and make them listen by affecting them where it hurts the most," Mathunjwa said.  He also accused Sibanye of using underhanded tactics by recruiting workers to join rival union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) while the verification process to determine which was the majority union at Sibanye's operation was in progress.

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