Platinum strike: Business calls for secret strike ballot

2014-06-24 11:51

The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the resolution of the platinum strike and called for preventive measures to be put in place.

“We welcome the end of the strike in the platinum sector and wish to congratulate all stakeholders involved in finally resolving the wage dispute,” CEO Neren Rau said today.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) announced yesterday that the protracted platinum sector strike was officially over. The union was expected to sign wage agreements with the platinum producers later today.

Rau said it would be difficult to make up for lost production and economic activity due to the lengthy strike.

Plans for how future strikes of the scope and magnitude of the platinum strike could be avoided needed to be debated, and South Africa’s industrial relations framework needed to be reviewed, he said.

“The Chamber of Commerce and Industry calls on the department of labour to introduce a compulsory secret strike ballot to ensure that individual workers have a say in negotiations so as to avoid worker intimidation,” Rau said.

“We remain convinced that the extent of damage wrought upon communities and economic growth and the established attendant criminality seriously brings into question whether open-ended industrial action remains appropriate in the current economy.”

On January 23, Amcu members at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum downed tools, demanding a monthly basic salary of R12 500.

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