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Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that according to Sibanye-Stillwater’s chief operating officer Richard Stewart, a strike on the producer’s gold mines was unlikely to take place before Christmas and was more likely to happen in the New Year.

At a media briefing on Friday, Stewart said the group was “continuing to engage” with the unions following the deadlock on wage negotiations that was declared on 24 November, but that developments were now in the final stage of the CCMA conciliation process. That final stage would establish picketing rules and allow for the CCMA to inspect picketing sites. That was scheduled to happen on 13 December, after which the CCMA had a week to inspect sites and then issue a certificate of non-resolution. Stewart said once that certificate had been issued then the unions could consider a strike and the employer a lockout. He commented that “calling a strike is not something we would do but I would hazard a guess that I don’t think there’s an appetite to have a strike prior to Christmas. We will continue to engage and try to avert a strike but, if there was one, I would imagine it would be in the New Year at some point.” Stewart confirmed that Sibanye-Stillwater management was currently planning for a strike. “That’s not because it is something that we want or something that we intend or something that we expect. It is just responsible of us to recognise the position we are in and be able to make sure we can protect and sustain our operations for the benefit of all stakeholders in the event that it does occur.” He appealed to the unions not to strike and to continue engaging with Sibanye-Stillwater.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Brendan Ryan at Miningmx
  • Read too, Sibanye-Stillwater warns a strike will have ‘significant consequences’ for its gold operations, at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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