The biggest union in the platinum sector can now strike with a 48-hour notice after rejecting a pay increase offer from the platinum giant.
Murders at Marikana resulting from union rivalry between the NUM and Amcu has violated the peace accord signed in February, says Thandi Modise.
Anglo American Platinum's majority union says its members will decide whether to go back to work at the mine after hearing a new job-cut proposal.
Amcu would be wary about handling the strikes against lay-offs at Anglo American Platinum because it may determine its validity as a union.
A man has been assaulted near Amplats mine, where hundreds of miners downed tools in an attempt to force the mine not to retrench 3 300 workers.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has called for a swift end to strikes over wage increases, saying talks need not always result in industrial action.
The mining union's change of tactics governing wage talks has suggested that last year's bloody mine violence at Marikana may be avoided this year.
As the anniversary of the Marikana massacre draws closer, President Jacob Zuma has urged miners to remain calm and reflect on the "sad loss of life".
The NUM and Solidarity have laughed off the wage and living allowance increase put forward, adding to fears over strike action in the sector.
Sibanye Gold says it will refuse to raise wages above the rate of inflation as gold producers and unions remain locked in talks over pay.
As rivals Amcu and the NUM circle over mines in a desperate attempt to wrestle power, employers might have to brace for unsettling demands.
The bodies of two mineworkers trapped underground after a rockfall at Anglo American Platinum's Bathopele mine in Rustenburg have been located.
Let's hope the framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry will direct the state to get the sector and its laws on track.
Unions across the board have stood firm on wage demands, but employers say giving in to these would have dire consequences for the industry.
As the former majority union, the NUM now falls very short of representing enough works to allow it organisational rights at the platinum mine.
Even if Amcu signs, it will not resolve turf wars or satisfy wage demands.
Kgalema Motlanthe has downplayed the existence of a long list of demands by Amcu at the signing of a mining agreement after the union walked out.
The company stands firm that dismissed workers will not be reinstated unless they reapply for their jobs, but Amcu says its members won't play ball.
If the platinum miner disputes the action, the union may bring an urgent application before the labour court.
Lonmin says it has failed to reach a recognition agreement with Amcu after marathon talks, paving the way for a possible strike.