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Amcu's case against mining companies get dismissed

Sapa

The Labour Court has rejected an application by Amcu to prevent platinum mining companies from contacting employees directly during current strikes.

Amcu has failed in its bid to prevent mining companies from contacting employees directly during the strikes. (M&G, Delwyn Verasamy)

An urgent court application by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was struck off the roll in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

Judge Rob La Grange struck the matter off the roll as he said it lacked urgency.

Amcu approached the court in a bid to prevent Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Impala Platinum (Implats) from conveying a pay offer settlement to workers.

The union also wanted to prevent Implats from conducting a survey of whether workers want to return to work.

Amcu members at Lonmin, Implats and Amplats downed tools on January 23 demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500. They rejected the companies’ offer that would bring their cash remuneration to R12 500 by July 2017.

The strike, now on its 130th day, has cost the companies over R20-billion in revenue and workers over R9-billion in earnings, according to website platinumwagenegotiations.co.za, which was created by the mining companies. – Sapa

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