Over 100 000 Amcu members have threatened to go on a wage strike that could cripple South Africa’s platinum sector and even extend to the gold sector as well, but the Chamber of Mines of SA (CoM) says it will apply for an interdict to have the strikes declared illegal.

“Any strike action by AMCU against the gold producers covered in the wage agreement will be opposed and a court interdict will be sought to prevent AMCU from embarking upon strike action,” the CoM said in a statement.

The three platinum companies that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) were notified of the union’s strike intention include Anglo Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin.

Amcu has also served strike notices to Sibanye Gold’s Driefontein mine, Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu and Masimong mines, and at AngloGold Ashanti’s operations.

Amcu is demanding a R12,500 per month wage for entry-level miners.

“The Chamber of Mines will request that the court rule that the union should be held responsible for any and all damages suffered as a result of strike action,” the statement said.