JOHANNESBURG – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Monday vowed not to back down on its intention to go on a massive industrial action at South African resources producer, Sibanye-Stillwater, over wage negotiations and basic conditions of employment.
Amcu gave Sibanye a 48-hour-notice of the protected strike action that will take place across all of the miner's operations from Wednesday midnight. Amcu members agreed upon a resolution to go on strike at Sibanye during a central mass meeting held at Masizakhele Stadium on Sunday to give feedback on the progress of the gold wage negotiations.
Sibanye currently employs about 32 200 people at its South African gold operations, with Amcu representing about 43 percent of employees in the bargaining unit.
The miner's operations that will be affected by the strike include, Driefontein, Kloof, Beatrix, Health Services, Property Services, South African Region and Corporate Office, Sibanye Protection Services, Sibanye Gold Academy, Sibanye Shared Services, Cooke 1, 2 and 3 (Rand Uranium) and Burnstone.
The strike action comes after the wage negotiations that began on July 11. Amcu members are demanding a R1 000 increase per year while the companies are offering R650 for the first year, R700 for second year and R825 for the third year.