An independent exercise by Sibanye-Stillwater to verify the movement in union membership of employees at the SA Gold operations has shown that NUM, UASA and Solidarity collectively represent the majority of employees at the gold operations.
“The independent verification exercise will now form the basis to implement the extension of the wage agreement in terms of Section 23(1)(d) of the Labour Relations Act, No66 of 1995 (S23(1)(d)),” comments Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
The union verification exercise took place between 22 November 2018 and 18 February 2019. The gold and PGMs producer plans to approach the Labour Court to declare the current AMCU strike unprotected.
“Our attempts to lawfully end this strike have been frustrated by ongoing legal challenges by AMCU since mid-December 2018, which has unnecessarily extended the strike, to the significant detriment of its members,” Froneman says.
He adds that regardless of the court outcome, the mine company would not consider a revision to the wage agreement or any other type of settlement that undermines other stakeholders.
“We again urge AMCU leadership to allow due processes to be followed in the interest of a peaceful resolution to this strike.”