(Miningweekly) Johannesburg – On Monday, The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) expanded its plans to hit into the gold sector after serving a 48-hour hit observe on several gold mines.
About 22 000 employees from Harmony Gold’s Kusaselethu and Masimong mines, Sibanye Gold’s Driefontein mine and AngloGold Ashanti’s South Africa procedures, were set to down tools on Thursday, AMCU nationwide treasurer Jimmy Gama notified Mining every week Online.
This comes as AMCU on Monday handed out, or planned to topic, hit notices to platinum producers Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum.
The sleeping room of Mines (CoM) on Monday said in a statement that it would seek to halt the imminent hit action in court and have the charge for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration-issued credentials of non-resolution revoked – a move that Gama said AMCU would challenge and fight back.
The miners would furthermore seek compensation from AMCU for any damages producing from any strike activity.
CoM head negotiator Dr. Elize Strydom asked to the workers to “stay at work and save our commerce”.
She said “The commerce remains in a fragile position, with numerous mines and shafts making a loss. A hit will further destabilize the commerce and intimidate even more job deficiency and even some mine closures,”
This followed the deduction of the 2013 salary negotiations, which culminated in a two-year salary affirmation for all workers in the bargaining unit, marked by the nationwide Union of Mineworkers, the joined Association of South Africa and Solidarity, which collectively comprised 72% of workers at the time.
Despite AMCU’s participation and its constituents subsequently benefitting from the hiked salaries, the amalgamation refused to accept the affirmation, which furthermore stipulated a “peace clause” that prohibited strike activity about certain matters during the time span of the agreement.