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A critical ruling deciding whether a wage agreement by three minority unions can be extended to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is expected on Wednesday. Amcu called its wage strike on November 21 2018 at Sibanye’s three large gold mines, rejecting an agreement signed with three other unions and demanding, among other items, a R1,000 a month pay increase against the R700 a month for two years and R825 a month in the third year of the wage deal. Amcu said on Tuesday it had received a “resounding mandate” from its members to accept a proposed settlement from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration that Sibanye pay R5,700 to its striking members, as well as a R5,000 salary advance among other issues. It said it was hopeful that this proposal would bring an end to the strike, but that Sibanye had not accepted the proposal. Sibanye and the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and Uasa, through the Minerals Council of SA amended their a...

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