Sibanye-Stillwater and AMCU conclude gold strike
Sibanye-Stillwater is pleased to report that the five-month strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at its SA gold operations, has been resolved.
Both parties have acknowledged that it is in their interest to develop a constructive relationship going forward. The parties agree that in acknowledgement of the need for a constructive working relationship they will foster a safe and sustainable business that creates value for all stakeholders.
The parties therefore agree to a facilitated ‘post-strike conflict’ relationship building programme aimed at aligning leaders of both organised labour and management.
As part of the agreement reached with Sibanye-Stillwater, AMCU has committed, inter alia to the following conditions:
Sibanye-Stillwater has agreed to, inter alia:
As a result of the agreement, the AMCU strike is no longer protected and all employees will have been notified to report for work as per a build-up schedule which will be communicated internally in due course.
The safety and wellness of our employees is our first priority and in line with our CARES values, the immediate focus will be on ensuring that the gold operations re-commence safely. Initial shifts will consist of fit-for-work medicals, training and assessing work places before mining activities can recommence.
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO, Neal Froneman commented: “We are pleased that the extended strike at our gold operations has ended, without undermining other stakeholders or compromising their rights.”
“We are encouraged by AMCU’s commitment to peace and safety. We are hopeful that the relationship can now be rebuilt in a constructive manner, for the future benefit of all stakeholders.
It is with sadness that we reflect on the losses and hardship resulting from the strike, which include lives lost and serious injuries sustained.
We are fully committed to restoring the gold operations to profitability, for the benefit of all stakeholders including employees, the local communities and those dependent on the regional economy.”
Sibanye-Stillwater press release: 17 April 2019
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