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Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday indicated that the Labour Court had rejected its second application to stop the ongoing wage strike which the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) commenced upon at its gold operations in November 2018.  

The reason given by the court was res judicata, namely that the matter had already been judged upon.  Sibanye’s first application in December argued that the agreement signed with three other unions at its operations, namely the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa, could be extended to Amcu members as the other unions together a majority of employees in the bargaining unit.  Amcu had argued that a proper verification would prove that it remained the biggest at the gold operations, and it therefore could continue with its protected strike.  A verification process was ordered by the Labour Court on 21 December.  The company again applied to the court for an order to halt strike while the outcome of the verification was under way, arguing that Amcu had been causing ongoing delays to the process.  Following the dismissal of the second attempt to interdict the strike, the company stated:  “We respect the court's ruling, but are disappointed that the merits of our case were not heard, and the ruling was made on a legal technicality.”  CEO Neal Froneman added:  “We will continue to pursue various avenues, without compromising other stakeholders, to bring an end to this strike as soon as possible."

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