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Gold producers have welcomed a Constitutional Court judgment that dismissed a challenge by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to a collective agreement between the Chamber of Mines and majority trade unions concluded in 2013. The judgment reaffirmed the principle of "majoritarianism" in the labour space that saw the agreement reached between employers and the majority trade unions in the sector extended to all parties, including minority unions. In a statement on Tuesday, the Chamber of Mines — representing AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony and Sibanye Gold — said the judgment "brings final certainty about the binding nature" of the agreement it reached with unions during centralised bargaining in 2013. Amcu, which was a majority union in certain individual mines, took the chamber to court over whether a collective agreement with unions, which held the overall majority, could be extended to bind its own members from going on strike. The Constitutional Court ruled ...

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