JOHANNESBURG – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has threatened to shut down the mining industry in a bid to oppose Sibanye-Stillwater’s plan to cut about 7 000 employees at its ailing gold mines.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said yesterday the union would lead a secondary strike across the platinum and coal sectors in solidarity with about 15 000 members at Sibanye’s Kloof, Beatrix and Driefontein mines who have been on strike since November 2018.
“It (the secondary strike) will be starting – wait and see next week what will happen in South Africa,” he said.
Amcu members downed tools after refusing a three-year wage agreement signed by the mine and three other unions, and was demanding a R1 000 annual wage hike over three years.
The secondary-strike threat comes as Sibanye announced last week that it had embarked on a consultative process with organised labour on the possible restructuring of its loss-making Beatrix 1 and Driefontein 2, 6, 7 and 8 shafts. The company said the restructuring would likely lead to 6 678 contractors losing their jobs.