Sibanye-Stillwater and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) held a joint media briefing where it was announced that the five-month strike at Sibanye’s SA gold operations has been resolved.
Sibanye explained how both parties acknowledged that it is in their interest to re-base and develop a constructive relationship going forward. The parties agreed that in acknowledgement of the need for a constructive working relationship they will foster a safe and sustainable business that creates value for all stakeholders. In addition, a post-strike conflict relationship building programme would be established to align leaders of both organised labour and management.
An agreement was reached between the mining company and AMCU which included certain conditions, among which is the signing of a 2018 three-year wage agreement previously signed with National Union of Mineworkers (the NUM), Solidarity and UASA in respect of wages and conditions of service between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2021. A R5 000 cash advance was also offered to employees upon request and is payable over 12 months and employees will be provided with transport to return to work.
“We are pleased that the extended strike at our gold operations has ended, without undermining other stakeholders or compromising their rights,” says Sibanye-Stillwater CEO, Neal Froneman.
As a result of the agreement, the AMCU strike is no longer protected and all employees will be notified to report for work with regards to a build-up schedule to be communicated internally.
“We are hopeful that the relationship can now be rebuilt in a constructive manner, for the future benefit of all stakeholders,” Froneman adds.