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A court ruling on Friday was the latest of a series of legal setbacks for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to keep its protracted wage strike going at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines. Amcu’s gold mining members are now in the fifth month of a strike called by the union’s leadership on November 21 2018 to back its demand for a R1,000 a month salary increase. This was instead of the R700 monthly pay rise agreed with three other unions for the first two years of a three-year wage deal and R825 a month for the final year. The Labour Court ruling by judge Edwin Tlhotlhalemaje on Friday disallowed an Amcu appeal against the union membership verification process ruling. This cleared the way for Sibanye to extend its wage agreement to all its gold employees in line with a Labour Court ruling early last week pending a union membership verification process involving the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. Sibanye has been steadfast in its court ...

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