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amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has warned of a possible strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum mining operations in SA amid a “disappointing” wage increase offer.  

The union is conducting wage negotiations with mining companies for workers on the platinum belt.  During a media briefing on Tuesday, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said the union was making “slow and steady” progress with a number of mining houses.  Following the union’s collective bargaining conference on 4 June, the union increased its minimum salary target to R17,000 a month for the lowest earning workers.  Amcu’s adjusted demands include a basic salary increase for category A and B employees of R1,500 a year over a three-year agreement, and for category C and D1 of 10% a year over the three years.  Moreover, the union has agreed with members to focus on benefits and some broader issues, including mine health and safety.  Mathunjwa said Sibanye was insistent on parallel engagement for its Rustenburg Platinum Mine (RPM) operations and the operations it recently acquired when it bought out Lonmin.  “As Amcu, we don’t agree with this approach,” he indicated.  Mathunjwa further described Sibanye’s wage increase offer as a “slap in the face” and an “insult” to workers.  He said Amcu believed Sibanye was trying to provoke it into embarking on a strike.

  • Read the full original of the above report, which includes details of the employers’ offers, at Mining Weekly
  • Read Amcu’s press statement on the wage negotiations at Amcu News

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