Amcu president slams NUM, Solidarity for protecting apartheid beneficiaries

Amcu president slams NUM, Solidarity for protecting apartheid beneficiaries

- This comes after Amcu-led strikes against mining company Sibanye-Stillwater

- Amcu's president says Sibanye-Stillwater has collaborated with several rival trade unions

- He alleges that these unions have abandoned poor workers and are instead looking out for the "beneficiaries of apartheid and colonisation"

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Joseph Mathunjwa, head of AMCU, has slammed NUM and Solidarity for looking out for the interests of "the economic beneficiaries of apartheid".

He made the comments while addressing the media.

This follows AMCU's strikes against mining company Sibanye-Stillwater. Mathunjwa says that NUM and Solidarity tried to break the strike.

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Amcu (the Association of Mine workers and Construction Union) has been on strike against Sibanye-Stillwater's proposals to reconfigure the company. The corporation said that as many as 6000 employees may be retrenched.

This comes after Sibanye-Stillwater made a R1 billion loss in 2018.

Additionally, Amcu has accused Sibanye-Stillwater's CEO Neal Froneman of using nefarious tactics against the company's employees.

As a result, the Amcu has called on shareholders to dis-invest from Sibanye-Stillwater.

Mathunjwa also slammed rival trade unions NUM, Solidarity and UASA for supposedly collaborating with Froneman.

He says that they are protecting "beneficiaries of apartheid and colonisation", accusing Solidarity and UASA in particular of being "small minority white unions".

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Mathunjwa added that NUM had abandoned the cause of working people and had instead sided with powerful business figures like Froneman.

He says that these trade unions met with Froneman in secret. In addition, Mathunjwa says they intimidated Amcu members and tried to undermine the Amcu.

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