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strike thumb medium85 85City Press reports that the standoff between Sibanye-Stillwater and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) appears nowhere near to being resolved.  

While a looming secondary strike at the mine’s platinum operations in Rustenburg might not have an effect on immediate economic performance, it might have a devastating knock-on effect on investor sentiment.  Amcu members at Sibanye’s Beatrix, Kloof and Driefontein gold operations downed tools in November over wage demands.  Earlier this month, the union gave notice of its intention to embark on a secondary platinum strike in support of the gold action.  On Friday, Sibanye applied for an interdict to stop the secondary strike.  According to Amcu’s president Joseph Mathunjwa, the current strike at Sibanye’s gold operations would continue, with the secondary strike in platinum scheduled to begin on Tuesday.  Mathunjwa denied that the union had walked out of a gold membership verification process being conducted by the CCMA, saying that Amcu members would not participate pending the union’s appeal against a Labour Court decision made in December.  In that judgment, the court ordered the CCMA to facilitate an independent membership verification process to determine which union held the majority at Sibanye’s gold operations.  Mathunjwa claimed there was a concerted effort by the company and rival union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to portray Amcu as a trouble-making, violent union and that, so far, only one-sided narratives had been told to the public.  

  • Read Lesetja Malope’s report on this story in full at City Press

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