Amcu members who work for Sibanye-Stillwater gather for a strike update near a gold mine in Carletonville. Picture: ALAISTER RUSSELL
Amcu members who work for Sibanye-Stillwater gather for a strike update near a gold mine in Carletonville. Picture: ALAISTER RUSSELL

Sibanye-Stillwater notified the media on Wednesday of a joint media briefing with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) later in the afternoon, but it did not say whether it marks the end of a five-month gold strike.

Sibanye did not give any details of what could transpire at the briefing or whether the two sides have come to an agreement in what has been a bitterly contested and nasty strike.

Amcu called a wage strike on November 21 at Sibanye’s three gold mines in Gauteng and the Free State in what has been violent industrial action in which nine people have been killed and more than 60 houses burnt.

There have been numerous battles fought in the labour court with the tide turning in Sibanye’s favour, the latest ruling being that the company can extend the wage deal it struck with three other unions in November last year.

Sibanye launched an independent union membership verification process that it said showed Amcu to be in the minority and, pending court ratification, that it would extend the wage deal to Amcu’s 14,000 striking members, rendering the strike unprotected.

The striking workers have been without a wage for a few days short of five months.

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