Amcu votes to go on strike

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in the gold mining sector have voted to strike.

Amcu members made the decision at a central mass meeting in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg, yesterday, rejecting an 8% wage-increase offer by employers, the SABC reported.

“We have confirmed and voted for this strike. You have mandated us that we can continue and engage with the Chamber of Mines with your demands, failing which, we will serve the Chamber of Mines with a 48-hour notice to strike,” Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa told union members.

Amcu was demanding R12 500 for entry-level workers, but companies said they could not afford big pay rises.

Rival union, the National Union of Mineworkers accepted the 8% offer, in effect ending their three-day strike.

Mathunjwa said the Chamber of Mines must not force the union to accept the 8% purely because another union accepted it.

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