Amcu labour court case continues

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Johannesburg - The Labour Court in Johannesburg is on Friday expected to continue hearing Amcu's bid to strike for higher wages in the gold sector.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is arguing why an interim order granted to the Chamber of Mines, preventing the union from striking in the gold sector, should not be made permanent.

The chamber approached the court after Amcu issued a strike notice to employers in the gold and platinum sectors on January 20.

The union wanted a basic monthly salary of R12,500.

At the time gold producers, through the chamber, concluded a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity, and Uasa. The agreement was extended to Amcu.

Feroze Boda, for Amcu, told the court on Thursday that Amcu members' rights to strike were being infringed.

Boda said Amcu should have been consulted before a wage agreement reached with other unions in the gold sector was extended to it.

Amcu members in the platinum sector downed tools at Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum on January 23, demanding basic monthly salary of R12,500.

They have so far rejected the companies' offer that would bring their cash remuneration to R12,500 by July 2017. - Sapa

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