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Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has filed another application at the Labour Court for an interdict preventing the union’s members from continuing with a wage strike at the gold operations.  

Sibanye has apparently argued that Amcu no longer has the legal right to strike as it no longer represents the majority of gold mining workers.  Rival unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa, which the company says now collectively represent a majority of workers in the bargaining unit, have signed an applicable wage agreement with Sibanye.  In a statement, the union said its legal counsel had argued in court that the latest application by Sibanye was no different from an unsuccessful one filed in December.  "Sibanye-Stillwater needs to show how they concluded that the three unions now represent most of the workers at its gold operations.  Amcu has a right to be given the opportunity to present its version and present the numbers to the employer before an audit is conducted," Amcu maintained.  Judgment on the application had apparently been reserved

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