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Labour Court rejects Amcu's interdict

Amcu's interdict was to stop platinum companies from communicating with employees.

FILE IMAGE: Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa delivers a speech. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - An urgent application by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to stop Anglo Platinum and Impala Platinum from communicating directly with its employees about a wage offer has been struck from the roll in the Labour Court in Johannesburg.

The court has ruled the matter is not urgent.

Amcu has argued the two companies' insistence to communicate directly with workers has divided its membership and is fuelling violence on the platinum belt.

Amcu lawyer Jayson Kent says they have not yet decided how to take the matter forward.

"I think that we had a very strong case. We were concerned that urgency might be an issue and it's turned out it was the issue that's ultimately resulted in our failure here today. But I will have to read the full judgment of the judge and we'll make a decision on what we're going to do from there."

Meanwhile, the South African Communist Party (SACP) has slammed the mining union for its protracted wage strike, saying it is clumsily led and has weakened the working class instead of championing their aspirations.

Amcu's strike has cost platinum producers and workers billions, as stakeholders' battle to find an amicable solution.

The SACP's Jeremy Cronin says the Amcu strike will have disastrous consequences.

"This strike has resulted in the terrible division of workers and working class communities because it's been clumsily led."

Cronin says the most tragic thing about this strike is that it will result, not only in the loss of life, but of jobs as well.

"There needs to be some agreement on wages but that agreement cannot reward vigilantism and it cannot reward the killing of fellow workers."

The SACP says government should convene a multi-stakeholder mining indaba, to resolve all social-economic issues affecting miners and the industry.