The biggest mining unions at Sibanye Stillwater Ltd. voted to strike at its gold operations until their wage demands are met, one of the groups said after a collective gathering of members.
The NUM and AMCU, which have had a longstanding rivalry resulting in sometimes violent clashes as they campaigned to win or retain membership, are the biggest unions in the gold sector. Along with the two other groups they demanded in September an increase of 1,500 rand a month, which Sibanye described as unaffordable and said that it would result in the early closure of shafts. The labor groups early this year were granted a certificate to strike.
Sibanye’s Beatrix, Driefontein and Kloof mines employ about 31,000 workers in an industry that’s struggling to curb costs amid the geological challenges of the world’s deepest mines.