sibanyeMining Weekly reports that gold producer Sibanye Gold confirmed on Monday that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) had served notice that it would begin a pay strike on Wednesday.  

Sibanye described Amcu’s strike declaration as "unfortunate", particularly in view of its members already benefiting from increases that three other unions – the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA – had not only agreed to, but also secured with beneficial backdating.  All employees, including Amcu members, were paid the wage increases, retrospective from July 2015, “in the interest of a harmonious working environment and sustainable operations”.  Against that background, the company indicated it was adamant that the already implemented wage increases were “final” and that the strike decision taken by Amcu would “not yield a different outcome”.  Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman said:  “We have developed robust plans to manage the potential impact of strike action at our operations and will implement these plans accordingly.”  "We're ready for this battle," Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa commented, vowing to in due course bring the entire gold sector to a standstill.

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