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amcu thumb medium80 81The Citizen reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has threatened a full-on strike at Sibanye-Stillwater over a dispute concerning the share ownership payments for mine employees.

The precious metals producer reportedly announced that 213 employees who had embarked on an underground protest over the shares had been issued with dismissal notices, but mining unions said they would act with a single accord on behalf of the workers and challenge the dismissals. AMCU’s leader Joseph Mathunjwa said the matter relating to the shares at Sibanye had been a wage demand from 2020 and that the union would approach the CCMA and declare a dispute. He appealed to workers who had been fired to keep calm. Mathunjwa also told those that had not been dismissed to report for duty while several processes took place behind the scenes, including the appeal hearings of the dismissed workers. “We have put in an appeal on behalf of workers, we are not sure if the matter will be heard on Monday,” the AMCU president indicated. Mathunjwa said should the appeals be unsuccessful he was certain that the workers would embark on a strike, but he cautioned that the strike should be in accordance with the law. He added that should the matter over the shares not be resolved other mines in the platinum sector could get affected.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Itumeleng Mafisa at The Citizen
  • Read too, Over 200 Sibanye miners issued with dismissal notices after staging sit-in at Rustenburg mine, at EWN
  • And also, AMCU and NUM vow to ensure dismissed Sibanye-Stillwater employees return to work, at EWN

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