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Labour Court postpones Amcu case

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The Labour Court has postponed a case regarding Amcu's planned strike in the gold sector to March 14.

Amcu is seeking to overturn an interim order blocking their planned strike in the gold sector. (Delwyn Verasamy)

The court case regarding the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's (Amcu's) planned strike in the gold sector was postponed in the Johannesburg Labour Court on Friday, the Chamber of Mines said.

"Lawyers and counsel for the Chamber of Mines and Amcu have requested the Labour Court for a postponement of the return date on the matter originally set for March 14," said Chamber of Mines spokeswoman Elize Strydom in a statement.

The new court date set was June 5.

Amcu's general secretary Jeff Mphahlele confirmed the matter was postponed.

Amcu issued strike notices to employers in the platinum and gold sectors in January.

It was demanding an entry-level monthly salary of R12,500.

In January the Labour Court issued an interdict that prevented Amcu from going on strike in the gold sector.

Judge Edwin Molahlegi, on behalf of Judge Hamilton Cele, ruled that Amcu had to return to court on March 14 and explain why the interim interdict should not be made permanent.

Molahlegi told the Chamber of Mines to make sure they put the message on notice boards across all mines, and distribute updates via sms.

"The message should read that the Labour Court has interdicted the planned strike by the [the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union] in the gold sector, and if they continue with it, it would be unprotected. They should continue going to work. –Sapa

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