Sibanye said, The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has embarked on a strike from the morning shift. AMCU notified the company of its intention to strike, based on a strike certificate previously received from the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on 25 January 2016, on a mutual interest dispute relating to the provision of transport for employees.
A joint Kroondal/AMCU task team had been established after the CCMA issued the strike certificate, in order to perform a feasibility study and make final recommendations on the issue. Prior to the completion of the feasibility study by the task team, and following disagreement over the process which would be followed, AMCU issued Kroondal management with a strike notice.
Jean Nel, CEO for Sibanye’s Platinum Division, commenting on the strike said: “It is disappointing that AMCU have embarked on unnecessary and potentially damaging strike action over an issue which Sibanye is committed to resolving, especially given the difficult economic conditions in the North West area. This conduct does not serve the interest of any stakeholder. We are committed to engaging with AMCU to resolve the impasse as soon as possible.”