Johannesburg - Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in the gold mining sector have voted to strike, the SABC reported on Sunday.
Amcu members made the decision at a central mass meeting in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg on Sunday, rejecting an eight percent wage increase offer by employers.
“We have confirmed and voted for this strike. You have mandated us that we can continue and engage with the Chamber of Mines with your demands. Failing which we will serve Chamber of Mines with a 48-hour notice to strike,” Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa told union members.
Amcu was demanding R12 500 for entry level workers but, companies said they cannot afford big pay rises.
Rival union, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) accepted the eight percent offer - effectively ending their three day strike.
Mathunjwa said the Chamber of Mines must not force the union to accept the 8 percent purely because another union accepted it. - Sapa