With the Mining Indaba, where President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe promised investors that mining in South Africa is still lucrative, barely behind us the calls by Amcu for stakeholders to pull their money out of Sibanye -Stillwater are irresponsible and do more harm than good.
UASA and other unions signed a wage agreement at Sibanye-Stillwater which saw their members return to work while Amcu chose to prolong the strike in an attempt to attain the promises they had made to members, leaving its members without salaries for the past three months. Other Amcu members jumped ship to join other unions – a fact Amcu has refuted as falsification of membership numbers.
With South Africa’s unemployment sitting at a staggering 27%, it does not take much to realise we need to save as many jobs as we can. Calling for another strike when the first strike failed to yield the desired results does leave one to wonder: Does Amcu still represent the voice of its members or has their personal agenda with Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman blinded them?
As a trade union it is our duty to discuss with management ways in which we can save jobs by finding other ways to cut costs.
Our economy simply cannot afford anymore unemployed people.
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