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amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa on Wednesday called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in the protracted strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations.  

Speaking at a media briefing, Mathunjwa said Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe had been “complacent” after many attempts to get him to intervene in the strike, which commenced on 21 November, as had the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the Department of Labour.  Amcu is still awaiting a Labour Court ruling relating to a possible sympathy strike in the platinum mining industry in support of the gold strike.  The union is also continuously engaging with Sibanye under the auspices of the CCMA.  About 15,000 Amcu members have been on strike at Sibanye’s Beatrix operation, in the Free State, as well as its Kloof and Driefontein operations, near Carletonville.  The dispute is around wages, with Amcu demanding a ‘living wage’ of R12,500 per month for mineworkers.  Meanwhile, Mantashe earlier this month called on Police Minister Bheki Cele to intervene in community unrest and violence near Carletonville that was linked to the strike.  The DMR on Thursday stated that the ministers would meet with representatives of labour unions and Sibanye’s management to try and alleviate that situation.

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