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Sibanye StillwaterCity Press reports that members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) embarked last week on a one-day secondary strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum operations in Rustenburg. 

This had been in support of ongoing industrial action at the company’s gold mines.  But according to Sibanye spokesperson James Wellsted, there had been no disruptions at the platinum operations on Tuesday, when the union marched to the Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) to deliver a memorandum of grievances about Sibanye.  He claimed that there had been 72% attendance at the mines.  Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said the one-day secondary strike had served as a warning shot to Sibanye, but, if the gold strike was not resolved, “we will call a full-blown secondary strike.”  On Friday, Amcu appeared in court to appeal a labour court ruling, which had ordered CCMA membership verification to determine whether or not three other unions have majority membership at Sibanye’s gold mine.  If they do have such a majority, Sibanye will be entitled to extend the wage agreement reached with them to Amcu members.

  • Read Lesetja Malope’s short report on the above in full at City Press

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