JOHANNESBURG - Mining group Sibanye-Stillwater on Monday received notice from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) that it intends to embark on protected strike action at the miner's gold operations, starting from the evening shift on Wednesday.
This comes after Sibanye last week signed a three year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (the NUM), Solidarity and UASA, allowing for increases to the basic wage of Category 4-8 surface and underground employees of R700 per month in the first and second years, and R825 per month in the third year.
But Amcu declined to sign the offer which had been reached with other unions after several months of negotiations. Sibanye says Amcu's demands are unaffordable.
In September, Amcu reached and signed an agreement with AngloGold Ashanti after they tabled an offer which comprised of a R1,000 increment for Category 4-8 mineworkers and a 6.5 percent increment for miners and artisans and officials, meaning there would be no miner earning less than R14 000 per month even at entry level.
The union held a central mass meeting on Sunday at Sibanye's Driefontein mine where a resolution was taken to give the miner a 48-hour strike notice.