7 December 2018

South Africa: Joseph Mathunjwa, Please Rethink the Deadly Sibanye-Stillwater Strike

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Three lives have been lost since the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union organised a strike at Sibanye-Stillwater. If the strike continues, everyone will lose.

Dear Mr Mathunjwa,

I write to you in my capacity as the executive head of Human Resources at Sibanye-Stillwater.

It is with great concern and anguish that we have observed the tragic and unnecessary sequence of events which have unfolded since our employees who are your members embarked on a strike at our gold operations on Wednesday, 21 November 2018.

The right to peaceful protest or strike action is enshrined in our labour laws and Constitution. In addition, the right to life and dignity is enshrined in our Bill of Rights. As we have clearly stated, Sibanye-Stillwater acknowledges and respects the right of our employees to strike, but at the same time, we expect our stakeholders, including members of your union, to respect the rights of other employees to make different choices, including the right not to...

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