Amcu Threatens To Shut Down SA Mining Industry During Strike

FILE: Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa. Piture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Tuesday said it is joining Sibanye-Stillwater on a strike next week.

It said it would be embarking on a secondary strike in the platinum and coal sectors to support its members in the gold sector.

At least 15,000 workers affiliated to Amcu have been on a protected strike at Sibanye’s gold operations for three months since 22 November 2018, demanding higher wages.

“We have started at Impala. We have been given a clear mandate that they are supporting the secondary strike. Lonmin is ready for the strike. We are travelling to Limpopo now for Two Rivers mine and all Anglo American mines where Amcu is a majority, we are going to put this mining sector into a standstill,” Mathunjwa said.

“Wherever Amcu has members, starting with Harmony Gold, AngloGold Ashanti will be affected. All where Amcu has a recognition agreement, those mines will be joining Amcu.

“The mines in the West rand will be affected by the secondary strike. The mines in Rustenburg where Amcu has recognition will also be joining. And the communities are welcome [to join] because they have been robbed of their work.”

Sibanye announced last week that it would begin consultation on the section 189 process that could result in the retrenchments of more than 6,600 workers, including contractors, at its gold operations in South Africa due to losses during the past financial year.