Amcu set to strike

By Drum Digital
20 January 2014

Amcu is to embark on a strike later this week in both the platinum and gold sectors.

Amcu is to embark on a strike later this week in both the platinum and gold sectors, after issuing employers of both sectors with strike notices on Monday, the union said.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) treasurer Jimmy Gama confirmed the strike notices had been issued.

"We have been negotiating with the employers through the CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) for some time," he said.

"After we obtained the CCMA certificates for all the companies, we continued as Amcu in believing in the negotiation process to try and not come to a stage where there is strike action."

The CCMA said on Friday that Amcu had been issued with non-resolution certificates for the platinum sector after negotiations with Lonmin Platinum, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum had deadlocked.

This was after the union had referred separate disputes with the three companies to the commission in October and November last year. Amcu was the dominant union in the platinum sector.

Gama said Amcu had met employers after the strike notices were issued, but the meetings did not have a positive outcome.

"We have consulted our members, and unfortunately this is the next step that is to be taken," he said.

The Chamber of Mines in a statement also confirmed on Monday that Amcu was to embark on strike action in the gold sector. - Sapa

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