This week the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) flexed its muscle and pulled its gold and platinum sector members into a sympathy strike demonstration against Sibanye-Stillwater.Amcu wants an increase of R1,000 a month for its members at Sibanye’s three gold mines. This would take the basic pay to R11,000 a month by June 2021, from the current R7,800.Sibanye has offered to increase wages by R700 a month for the first two years and R825 a month in the third year. It has also offered additions to its living-out allowance, which it says will take the guaranteed pay of entry-level employees to R14,900 a month by June 2021."Variable pay", which includes overtime, would take this to more than R16,500 a month by June 2021.But if Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa doesn’t get his way, he will pull Amcu members on the platinum belt into a sympathy strike.Should this happen, the platinum belt would grind to a standstill as Amcu is the majority union at Lonmin, Anglo American...

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