Urgent applications lodged in court by 15 mining companies to prevent Thursday’s seven-day secondary strike called by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) may stop the action before it starts. The secondary strike is an attempt by Amcu to force the end of a protracted strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines and is seen by industry players as a high-stake effort by the union’s president Joseph Mathunjwa to show his power. Amcu has issued notices at 15 gold and platinum mines, including AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and platinum companies Impala Platinum and Northam, as well as at Glencore, warning of a secondary strike from 28 February and ending on March 7. Mining companies will argue in the labour court that a secondary strike can only be called if there is a direct link between the primary employer or company and those at which the secondary strike will be called, and which in this case does not exist. Applications for an urgent decision were lodged on ...

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