The gold sector strike planned by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has been put on hold following the postponement of the ruling on an application to prevent it by the Johannesburg Labour Court. The matter has been postponed to 30 January 2014 by Judge Hamilton Cele.

The Chamber of Mines of SA (CoM) applied for an interdict to have the strikes declared illegal and, together with gold producers, is seeking damages from the union. Should Cele not agree to issue an order preventing the strike, the chamber will ask for an interim relief order.

CoM’s Anton Myburgh has pointed out that Amcu sought an industry-wide wage agreement in June last year and, along with other unions, signed a two-year wage agreement. Nevertheless, Amcu believes it should not be bound by the agreement because union members have a constitutional right to strike.

Amcu intends to strike strikes at Sibanye Gold’s Driefontein mine, Harmony Gold’s Kusaselethu and Masimong mines, and at all AngloGold Ashanti operations.