SA’s largest domestic gold producer, Sibanye-Stillwater, faces a strike from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over unhappiness with a wage increase settled with other unions. Amcu said on Monday the settlement with the other unions at the gold operations fell short of its wage demand of R1,000 extra a month and it had issued Sibanye with a 48-hour strike notice, making for a protected strike.

The union, which represents 43% of the gold division’s 32,200-strong workforce, balloted its members on Sunday, securing a mandate to go on strike from Wednesday evening. Sibanye agreed with three other unions to increase wages of the lowest-paid workers by R700 a month in the first two years of the deal and R825 a month in the third year. Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman blamed Amcu’s national leadership  for the breakdown in talks, saying they intervened and stuck with their opening demands in the three-year wage negotiations, which were unaffordable.

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