Amcu members threatened with dismissal

The union has rejected the latest wage offer by the Chamber of Mines.

Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says its members in the gold sector have been threatened with dismissal if they go on strike.

Earlier this month, three unions including the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) downed tools for less than three days before agreeing to wage increases of up to eight percent.

But rival union Amcu, a minority union in the gold sector, has dismissed the latest wage offer.

The union is negotiating for a monthly wage of R12,500.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa said while negotiations continue, the union hasn't been treated fairly.

"They are threatening to dismiss our members if we embark on a protected strike. It's very unfortunate of the Chamber of Mines. The point is, when the NUM was on strike there were no threats of dismissal."