AMCU Strike Pursued Interdict by Gold Companies


The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has served hit notices at three gold companies, which propose seeking a court interdict to halt the wage-related activity.

The Chamber of Mines verified acknowledgement of Amcu’s notice to hit at Sibanye Gold’s Driefontein mine, Harmony’s Kusasalethu and Masimong mines, and AngloGold Ashanti’s procedures in South Africa.

Amcu has furthermore said it will serve strike notices at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin this week to back its salary claims.

The National amalgamation of Mineworkers said on Friday it had completed an 11-week strike at Northam Platinum, resolving for a salary increase up of to 9.5% omitting a living-out allowance of 9% and a one-off money payment of R3,000 a worker.

The gold part come to a salary boost settlement of up to 8% for the majority of its workforce in centralized converses last year but Amcu refused to accept the increase acquiesced between three unions and the sleeping room of Mines.

The chamber said “The gold producers that are members of the sleeping room of Mines confirm that they have been assisted with a observe by Amcu of its aim to hit at Sibanye Gold’s Driefontein mine, Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu and Masimong mines, and at AngloGold Ashanti’s South African operations,”

“Any strike activity by Amcu against the gold manufacturers covered in the wage affirmation will be opposed and a court interdict will be searched to prevent Amcu from embarking upon hit action,” it said, adding that it would inquire the court for Amcu to be held responsible for any damages acquired throughout a hit by the union.

The September affirmation was come to with 72% of the gold sector’s workforce, while Amcu — then representing 17% of workers at the procedures where it is now — said it did not acquiesce to the increase and held out the prospect for a strike.