AMCU is prepared to contest the severe job losses in Sibanye’s Lonmin takeover

13 November 2018

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is not prepared to accept the prospect of over 14 000 job cuts which could stem from Sibanye Stillwater’s takeover of Lonmin.

Earlier this year, Sibanye filed a submission to the Competition Commission to acquire Lonmin. The proposed takeover has resulted in Sibanye proposing over 12 000 job cuts – this is subsequent to the 2000 job cuts Lonmin plans on implementing in the current financial year to mitigate fluctuating platinum prices.

Speaking to the hordes of AMCU Members at Lonmin in Marikana at a Central Mass Meeting held Tuesday 13 November 2018, President Joseph Mathunjwa, declared Sibanye’s proposal as an act of violence against the nation.

“Marikana is already a symbol of what a capitalist regime is capable of in instituting violence against South African workers. We will not let this violence against the South African worker, against the nation be perpetuated,” said the President.

“We know exactly what Sibanye is after and what they plan on doing with this mine, and it will not be at the expense of our workers. The sheer number of job cuts proposed in this transaction warrants this takeover to be prohibited and we will fight this,” added AMCU’s President.

President Mathunjwa along with AMCU’s legal team have filed a case at the Competition Commission Tribunal where AMCU is looking at ceasing the takeover from happening in order to save the jobs of workers.

The President also took time to advise our members of the Igula Provident Fund as well as the Umvuzo Health Medical Scheme.
“Our members can no longer be in a position where their hard-earned funds and health are being managed by organisations that don’t care about them.”

“In making a difference in the lives of our workers and their families, we sought both Igula and Umvuzo because they are the ones who have met our mandate in protecting the monies of workers and ensuring they receive proper medical health care that is dignified.”

As AMCU we are currently the majority Union in the platinum belt and the President vowed to every member that the Union will continue the spirit of the fallen 34 members in fighting to preserve the jobs and dignity of all workers to the end.

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