Amcu to strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations

Sibanye-Stillwater said Amcu represents 43% of its workforce of 32,200 at its South African gold operations.

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JOHANNESBURG - Sibanye-Stillwater said on Monday that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) planned to strike on Wednesday at its gold operations after wage agreement talks broke down.

Sibanye-Stillwater, which had signed a three-year wage agreement with three other labour unions, said Amcu represents 43% of its workforce of 32,200 at its South African gold operations.

Meanwhile, Sibanye-Stillwater has appealed to mining union Amcu not to disrupt or intimidate other workers when its members go on strike this week.

The three-year deal was accepted by the NUM, Solidarity and Uasa, with an increase of between R700 and R825 a month.

The employer says it cannot afford Amcu’s wage.

Sibanye-Stillwater says the strike by Amcu, which represents thousands of workers at its gold operations, will likely affect production.

The firm's James Wellsted said: “We also ask Amcu to obviously while we recognise their right to strike, they’ll recognise rights of other unions and employees to work. We hope they’ll respect that and that there won’t be any intimidation.”

Amcu says it will give details of its plans on Wednesday morning.