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Business Report writes that Sibanye-Stillwater chief executive Neal Froneman on Tuesday told investors that the protracted Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) strike was necessary to address underlying relationship issues as attitudes between the company and the unions harden.  Froneman

“There is a perception that a strike signifies bad industrial relations.  Sometimes a strike is necessary to sort out relations,” Froneman said at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town.  The relationship between Sibanye and Amcu has soured since 15,000 workers at the Driefontein, Kloof and Beatrix mines went on a strike on 21 November demanding higher wages.  Froneman, who has previously said that the performance of the platinum division had helped to cushion the impact of the strike, called for a solution to the action.  “We need to find a solution to the strike.  My concern is the people who have been striking for the wrong reasons,” said Froneman.  The strike has claimed four lives, and there have been reports of intimidation of non-striking workers and violence, with homes petrol-bombed.  Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said his department would not intervene as the government had opted for collective bargaining, not wage increases determined by the state.

  • Read Dineo Faku’s report on the Sinabye gold strike in full at Business Report

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