JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Monday extended its plans to strike into the gold sector after serving a 48-hour strike notice on several gold mines.
About 22 000 workers from Harmony Gold’s Kusaselethu and Masimong mines, Sibanye Gold’s Driefontein mine and AngloGold Ashanti’s South Africa operations, were set to down tools on Thursday, AMCU national treasurer Jimmy Gama told Mining Weekly Online.
This comes as AMCU on Monday issued, or planned to issue, strike notices to platinum producers Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum.
The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Monday said in a statement that it would seek to halt the impending strike action in court and have the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration-issued certificate of nonresolution revoked – a move that Gama said AMCU would challenge and defend.
The miners would also seek compensation from AMCU for any damages resulting from any strike action.
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