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Amcu: Sibanye strike will underscore our majority claims

Workers say they are underpaid compared to employees in the platinum and coal mining sectors.

Sibanye Gold logo. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers' and Construction Union (Amcu) says its planned strike at Sibanye Gold tomorrow will prove that it is the majority union at the company.

Yesterday, the union issued the company with a notice of intention to strike.

While a salary agreement was reached between Sibanye Gold and three other unions last year, Amcu claims it is the majority union and shouldn't have had to accept a decision made by smaller bodies.

Amcu spokesperson Manzini Zungu says tomorrow's strike will prove that the union does represent most workers at Sibanye Gold.

"As a matter of fact, we're a majority and you'll see when we down tools."

But the mining company's James Wellsted says the decision made last year for a 12.5 percent increase over three years is final.

"We can't negotiate a separate agreement with one union and have employees earning different wages, that will just lead to chaos."

Workers say they are underpaid compared to employees in the platinum and coal mining sectors and want an entry-level salary of R12,500.