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Solidarity accuses Lonmin of giving Amcu preferential treatment

Solidarity says that it is concerned that it is being forced out of Lonmin mines because of the favourable treatment Amcu receives from the employer.

Lonmin's Marikana mine. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity says that one of the reasons behind a potential strike at Lonmin is the mining giant's alleged preferential treatment of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members.

Solidarity says that it has the overwhelming support of skilled workers to go on strike as early as December.

It says that it expects to declare an official dispute with the company on Wednesday.

Solidarity says that it is concerned that it is being forced out of Lonmin mines because of the favourable treatment Amcu receives from the employer.

Solidarity says it is worried that Amcu is still Lonmin's preferred partner despite allegations implicating the union in apparent assassinations in and around Marikana.

Solidarity's Gideon du Plessis said: “It’s clear that Amcu and Lonmin have formed a pact to get all the other unions that normally operating in the mines industry excluded from Lonmin mines.”

Lonmin says while it is concerned by recent murders on the platinum belt, it will not be drawn on allegations made against its majority union, which is Amcu.

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(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)