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SaftuMining Weekly reports that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Wednesday declared its support for the striking mineworkers employed at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, as well as those who plan to undertake a secondary strike at the miner’s South African platinum operations, which is due to start next week.  

Saftu called for unity among workers and an end to rivalry.  The federation also supported the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) appeal against the Competition Tribunal’s approval of Sibanye’s proposed takeover of Lonmin, which the union claims will put thousands of jobs at risk.  As part of the stringent conditions for the takeover, the tribunal levied a six-month moratorium on retrenchments, noting that the merger involved “massive public interest issues involving extensive job losses and impact in the platinum mining region of the North West”.  But Saftu expressed its concern about what would happen after those six months.

  • The original of this report is at Mining Weekly (scroll down)
  • Read Saftu’s press statement in this regard at Polity

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