Amcu vows to strike at Sibanye Gold

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says Sibanye needs to tread carefully in the wage talks.

Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Workers who are members of the Association of Metalworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have threatened to strike unless Sibanye Gold yields to its R12,500 wage demand in ongoing wage talks.

Last week, the Competition Tribunal approved Sibanye Gold's plan to acquire Anglo American Platinum's Rustenburg operation, as well as the Aquarius Platinum Mine, where Amcu is the majority union.

Amcu has also condemned the ongoing retrenchments in the industry which includes a possible 510 jobs losses should Sibanye combine all its mining operations.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says Sibanye needs to tread carefully in the wage talks.

"They know that if they don't respond favourable they will get their 48 hours strike notice and please don't tell us that the country is in junk economically."