Sibanye Gold has become the first company in the gold mining sector to recognise the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) as a majority trade union.
Sibanye Gold spokesman James Wellsted said today: “The agreement reached with Amcu at Driefontein is consistent with the prior agreement held with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which was previously the majority union.”
He said Amcu was the majority union at the Driefontein mine in Westonaria, but that the NUM remained the majority union at the Kloof mine in Westonaria and at Beatrix mine in Welkom, in the Free State.
Wellsted said Amcu had brought it to the company’s attention that its membership had reached a majority mark at the mine.
The company verified the union’s membership before following due process to recognise Amcu as the majority union.
“Sibanye Gold upholds the right of freedom of association and looks forward to the same constructive relationship with Amcu at Driefontein as it continues to have with the NUM, Solidarity and Uasa,” he said.
Rivalry between the NUM and Amcu has been intense since the deaths of 44 people during a strike in Marikana in North West last year.
This week, the NUM went to the Labour Court in Johannesburg to stop platinum miner Lonmin from derecognising it as a majority union, and to declare invalid the membership of its members who defected to Amcu.
A ruling on the application will be made on Monday.
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