Amcu could halt attempts to calm mining industry

Amcu previously refused to make inputs for a plan to stabilise the industry.

Women previously joined the Lonmin mine strike to support their husbands who were fighting for higher wages on 16 August.Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - There were fears on Sunday that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will stall an agreement to stabilise the sector.

Amcu refused to make inputs for a plan to stabilise the industry.

Deputy President Kgaleme Motlanthe met with industry role-players this week.

At the same time AMCU will meet with Lonmin Platinum management and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in coming days in a bid to settle a dispute over the union's representation of workers.

At the heart of Amcu's dispute with Lonmin is its policy of winner takes all, which could see the majority union negotiate for all employees at the company and sideline small players.

But the draft agreement tabled at Motlanthe's meeting on Friday said this needs to be re-evaluated.

Trade union Solidarity's Gideon du Plessis said the dispute could influence Amcu's decision to sign the agreement.

"Should Amcu still deny other trade unions being recognised at Lonmin, this may just affect their thinking, also regarding a similar clause in the trade agreement."

The next two weeks are crucial for the industry as the finance minister has called for refrain from illegal work stoppages but fears are mounting that a strike may happen at Anglo Platinum.

Four shop stewards were suspended last week.