14 January 2014

South Africa: Platinum Politics - Under Pressure to Deliver, AMCU Shifts to Damage Control


Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa was in damage control mode at Impala Platinum (Implats) on Monday.

Workers came to a meeting in their numbers to hear what he had to say after they were addressed by Implats employee and AMCU member Vusi Maqanda last week, who told them of the corruption within the union. As strikes once again loom over Rustenburg, we could be in for another shift in platinum politics.

Monday's meeting at Impala was addressed by Mathunjwa, who apparently responded to the allegations against AMCU. Many people started walking off in the early stages of the meeting as they noticed Mathunjwa was not touching on the issues they came for. "He has given management 48 hours' notice; so what?

Who wants to go on strike in January, he is crazy," one of the workers mumbled as he walked out of the meeting. AMCU announced on Monday its members voted to go on strike at Impala and would soon inform the company when the industrial action would begin.

AMCU came to Impala through a workers' committee that was formed in January 2012 after workers had resigned from the National Union of...

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