South Africa – AMCU platinum strike will be union’s biggest test

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Mail and Guardian

21 Jan 2014 07:52

Amcu will face its biggest hurdle yet as strikes in the platinum and gold industry reveal wide divisions within the union.
From left to right: Julius Mralathi, Gaddafi Mdoda, Lovers Mkhwa, Vuyo Maqanda, Wasp leader Mametlwe Sebei, George Tyobeka and Wasp leader Liv Shange. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)
From left to right: Julius Mralathi, Gaddafi Mdoda, Lovers Mkhwa, Vuyo Maqanda, Wasp leader Mametlwe Sebei, George Tyobeka and Wasp leader Liv Shange. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

The Association of Construction and Mineworkers Union’s (Amcu’s) strike within the platinum and gold sectors this week is set to provide the union’s toughest test yet.

Following Monday’s press conference at the House of Movements, hastily called by five Amcu shop stewards from Impala and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), apparently in response to Sunday’s volatile Rustenburg mass meeting, long-existing fissures within Amcu are now openly visible and public.

The shop stewards, namely George Tyobeka, Lovers Mkhwa and Gaddafi Mdoda from Amplats, as well as Julius Mralathi and Vuyo Maqanda, both from Impala, rose to prominence from…

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