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Labour Court grants interdict against NUM and AMCU

JSE/NYSE Sibanye-Stillwater advises that an interdict was granted by the Labour Court against the NUM and the AMCU.

This will prevent the unions and their members from inter alia:

  • committing acts of violence, harassment and/or intimidation
  • stopping any other employees from going to work; and
  • interfering with service providers, suppliers, customers and/or the business of Sibanye-Stillwater and its associated companies and operations

“We are relieved to have received the interdict, which will ensure that non-striking employees must be allowed to exercise their right to work, in the same way as we have respected Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU’s) right to strike,” comments CEO, Neal Froneman.

“The safety of our employees is our primary concern and we are hopeful that the levels of intimidation and violence affecting our operations since the strike began will reduce and we can avoid further tragic incidents.

“We wish to thank our stakeholders for supporting the interdict in the interest of all employees’ safety.”

Night shifts have been suspended for the duration of the strike, in order to ensure the safety of employees.

On Wednesday, 14 November 2018, a three-year wage agreement was signed between Sibanye-Stillwater and the other representative unions; the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA.

Despite numerous attempts by Sibanye-Stillwater to reach a fair and reasonable outcome with AMCU representatives since the negotiations began in June, but despite having participated in the construct of the final offer, AMCU declined to accept the offer.

The average basic wages for category 4-8 employees have increased by more than 65% since Sibanye-Stillwater was unbundled from Gold Fields in 2013.

This is significantly above inflation and represents a very real improvement in the standard of living of employees.

The current wage agreement reached with NUM, Solidarity and UASA is again well in excess of inflation, but takes the longer term sustainability of the gold operations into consideration.

Sibanye-Stillwater currently employs approximately 32 200 people at its SA gold operations, with AMCU representing approximately 43% of employees in the bargaining unit.