AMCU gives strike notice to Sibanye-Stillwater
18 November 2018
As reported yesterday, 21 November 2018 during our pressconference, our protected industrial action has commenced atSibanye Stillwater operations during the night shift.
It is crucial to report that just after our mass meeting at Kloof Mine, our members were attacked by a group of people identified to be NUM members while travelling to their place of residence.
During this attack, one member was shot on the foot, he was taken to mine hospital and has reported to be in stable condition. The other member was also stabbed by a spear and is also recovering.
A group of our members were prevented to have access at the hostel by so called armed NUM members. Both these incidents were reported to Mine Management, Security personnel and the SAPS and are grateful to report that the quick response by SAPS and their intervention have prevented potential serious tensions.
At Beatrix Mine, as our members were picketing throughout the night, mine security personnel attacked them and started shooting them with rubber bullets. The SAPS were called in to intervene to calm the situation but at their arrival they could not help, instead they also together with the mine security shot at our members with rubber bullets and chased them until they ran to the open field for safety.
It was further reported that one of our members was also stabbed inside the hostel in Beatrix Mine last night. These reports of attack and intimidation towards our members are regarded as aimed at declaring our strike violent which subsequently would give Sibanye Stillwater an ammunition to run to Labour Court and interdict the strike.
This is classical example of how MONOPOLY CAPITAL use the money they got after using the blood and sweat of the black labour in this country to protect their narrow interest, scare the workers and instigate tensions between workers in order to fight
Sibanye Stillwater pleads poverty when they are supposed to pay their own workers but does have money to hire private security companies to protect their property and intimidate our members which is costing them millions in Rands.
We condemn these incidents with the strongest terms they deserve. We call on our members to remain calm and refuse to be drawn into violence. The course they have endured to take is more critical and necessary for their future and the future of their loved ones.
In an attempt to quell these developing incidents of violence, we have taken a bold step to write to the Company to stop their security personnel to provoke and intimidate our members.
I personally as the President of AMCU wrote a letter to the President of NUM, Cde Joseph Montisetse informing him of these incidents and further pleading with him to work together with us in preaching the message of peace amongst our members (see letter attached).
I had also spoken to the Honorable Minister of Safety and Security, Bheki Cele about these incidents. I requested his intervention as the Minister of Police to urge the SAPS officers who are deployed at these mines not to be drawn into intimidation of our members, instead for them to work together with our local and regional Leadership in maintaining peace and stability during the course of the strike action.
Moreover, I had written to the Honorable Minister of DMR, Gwede Mantashe, inviting him to intervene into this dispute by facilitating engagements between the parties with the view of finding an amicable settlement (see the attached letter).
We are doing all this because we believe it is in the best interest of the workers, the employer and the country not to prolong this strike but to find a solution as a matter of urgency.
In conclusion, no amount of intimidation will deter our members to fight for a better living wage and decent conditions of employment. We will do so through peaceful means. We refuse to be purged to violent actions and will remain peaceful.
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