Sibanye-Stillwater, SA’s largest gold miner and an important source of platinum group metals, is closely watching the support one of its unions attracts ahead of a possible strike in its platinum division. Amid reports of particularly nasty violence in the protracted gold wage strike at Sibanye’s three gold mines called by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on November 21 2918, Sibanye is gearing up for a secondary or sympathy strike at its platinum mines around Rustenburg. “We are getting a sense that Amcu might not get the support it wants for a strike in the platinum mine, but as we’ve seen in the gold strike it only takes a few hostile people to intimidate others to stay away from work,” said Sibanye spokesperson James Wellsted. One of the events to measure the extent of Amcu’s support for a secondary strike is the union’s march to the Minerals Council SA on Tuesday to highlight its unhappiness over miners’ wages. Amcu called its 15,000 members at the g...

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