Chamber of Mines takes Amcu to Labour Court

2014-01-22 09:18

The Chamber of Mines is seeking damages in the Johannesburg Labour Court against the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over its intention to strike in the gold sector.

Amcu issued strike notices to employers in the platinum and gold sectors on Monday.

It is demanding an entry-level monthly wage of R12 500.

Chamber spokesperson Charmane Russell said it believed the strike was illegal and would seek damages because a “peace clause” in an agreement signed last year prevented Amcu from striking.

“The issue of conditions of employment has been settled for the duration of the agreement and no demands may be made during the course of the agreement,” she said in a statement on Monday.

The two-tier wage agreement was concluded with the National Union of Mineworkers, Uasa and Solidarity, which represent 72% of workers in the gold sector. Amcu, which did not accept the agreement, represented 17% of workers at the time of the negotiations. It is the dominant union in the platinum sector.

“The September 2013 agreement was made applicable to all employees who form part of the bargaining unit irrespective of trade union affiliation,” Russell said.

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