Sibanye-Stillwater puts stringent picketing rules as wage strike looms
The gold miner says the picketing rules are to ensure that ‘there is no damage to property’ during the strike
Luyolo MkentaneA mineworker walks at the end of his shift at the Sibanye-Stillwater mine in Carletonville. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKOGold miner Sibanye-Stillwater has put in place stringent rules to ensure its assets do not get damaged during the looming wage strike by a coalition of disgruntled mining unions.
In its picketing rules, which Business Day has seen, Sibanye-Stillwater is effectively calling on the unions to rat out troublemakers during the strike, assist the company in taking disciplinary steps against them for any acts of misconduct and, if relevant, assist with criminal prosecutions.Read more: Business Day »
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Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO Gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater has put in place stringent rules to ensure its assets do not get damaged during the looming wage strike by a coalition of disgruntled mining unions. In its picketing rules, which Business Day has seen, Sibanye-Stillwater is effectively calling on the unions to rat out troublemakers during the strike, assist the company in taking disciplinary steps against them for any acts of misconduct and, if relevant, assist with criminal prosecutions.. The stringent picketing rules were aimed at ensuring the industrial action takes place in a peaceful manner and that “there is no damage to property”, the company said in the “collective agreement regulating picketing rules”. Once considered one of the most attractive cities for global talent, Hong Kong is now being shunned by many top professionals as people try to avoid or escape draconian quarantine rules. Strikes often turn violent in SA, with disgruntled picketers habitually intimidating and threatening those who elect to work during the industrial action, and habitually destroying and/or setting fire to property, costing companies millions to repair. B Premium This article is reserved for our subscribers. In the agreement on picketing, Sibanye-Stillwater and the four unions — National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Solidarity, and Uasa — noted that during past episodes of industrial action there had been “serious acts of violence and other forms of misconduct committed which have infringed on the rights of employees and the company”. “It is up to them whether they want to adhere to those rules or not.
“This agreement seeks to prevent this from occurring in any future strike or lockout. Already subscribed? Simply sign in below. Lars Kuepper, MD of relocation company ReloSmart, said his firm saw a five-fold increase in inquires for shipments abroad since the pandemic began and a 14-fold drop in traffic the other way.” The parties agree, according to the agreement, that all employees, irrespective of whether they are members of a union or not, have the right to decide whether to participate in a strike or picket; and that no employee or member of a union will be assaulted, threatened, intimidated or victimised for participating or not participating in a strike or picket. Picket conveners and marshals must ensure that no employees are in possession of firearms, dangerous weapons and/or inflammable material, or cause damage to property, according to the agreement. The four unions approached the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) last week to apply for a certificate of non-resolution after wage talks between the parties deadlocked. China is also largely isolating itself from the rest of the world. The revised proposal by Sibanye-Stillwater made to unions on November 18, which would have increased the employer’s wage bill at its gold operations by R1. “Getting the families out here was a huge part of the negotiations … and having them here has been a huge help and we want them to travel around with us,” he said.
4bn in 2023, would have given the lowest-paid employees increases of R570, R640 and R670 over three years. In terms of the proposal, miners, artisans and officials would receive increases of 4. Many non-residents are now not allowed into Hong Kong, while residents returning to the city have to undergo two to three weeks of hotel quarantine at their own cost.5%, 4.9% and 4.9% during the three-year term, below the inflation rate of 5% recorded in September and October. They refused to return to Hong Kong after taking trips initially meant to be for family visits. Other Australian states have put their hands up to host the Ashes finale, including NSW and Tasmania.
However, last Tuesday workers rejected the proposed deal and stuck to their demand for a wage hike of R1,000 each year for three years. After the deal was rejected by workers on Tuesday, the company reverted to the offer tabled to unions on October 19, proposing increases of R520, R610 and R640 over three years. Miners, artisans and officials would receive an increase of 4. They did not show up in person,” he said.1% in year one, 4.7% in year two and 4.
7% in year three, according to the deal. “We have an outflow of talent at the moment,” said Chris Aukland, Ambition’s regional MD for Asia, adding he expected it to continue “unless there are changes to the travel and quarantine restrictions in place”. Richard Cox, Sibanye-Stillwater executive vice-president for SA gold operations, has described the unions’ demands as “not sustainable”, saying the gold miner will not be intimidated into acceding to above-inflation demands that “will compromise the sustainability of our gold operations and therefore all our stakeholders”. The parties will reconvene on December 13 for a final engagement session when a certificate of non-resolution will be issued.” The unions will have to provide the employer with a 48 hours’ notice before embarking on a strike. Reuters. NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu told Business Day that the unions were still working on the picketing rules.
“Sibanye-Stillwater has already submitted its picketing rules, after the unions submit theirs, the CCMA will then issue the certificate of non-resolution to enable us to go on strike,” he said. .