DURBAN - Trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday that fellow union Amcu needed to act responsibly and in the interests of mine workers as its members were "striking themselves into poverty".
“Amcu’s absurd accusation that by not joining their SibanyeStillwater strike, Solidarity is protecting colonialists and the apartheid privileged, bears testimony to ignorance and ideological ineptitude,” Solidarity general-secretary Gideon du Plessis said via an emailed statement.
Du Plessis said that Solidarity, together with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Uasa, had signed a wage agreement with Sibanye-Stillwater with the purpose of increasing job security for mineworkers, including Amcu members, at a time when the mining industry was under severe pressure.
“Amcu’s Sibanye strike, which has been ongoing for three months already, is a major contributor to the fact that nearly 7 000 Sibanye-Stillwater employees are now facing retrenchment. The 11 000 striking Amcu employees’ loss of income is already at an average loss of R42 246 per striking worker. The workers are busy striking themselves into poverty,” he said.
Amcu was well on its way to destroying thousands of jobs just as they did previously during their five-month platinum strike, he said.