Trade union Solidarity accuses Amcu of striking workers into poverty

Trade union Solidarity accuses Amcu of striking workers into poverty

- Solidarity slammed the Amcu-led strike, saying it was causing job losses

- This comes after three months of striking against Sibanye-Stillwater

- Amcu has previously accused Solidarity and NUM of abandoning poor workers

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Trade union Solidarity has said that Amcu's strike against mining company Sibanye-Stillwater is destroying jobs.

Amcu has been on strike for three months.

This follows Amcu's accusations that Solidarity was protecting "beneficiaries of apartheid and colonisation".

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Solidarity said that the strike was placing jobs in danger, and that it had resulted in 6000 employees at Sibanye-Stillwater now facing potential layoffs.

Solidarity also slammed the strike because of the workers' loss of earnings since downing tools.

The trade union added that Amcu's previous strike in 2014 against Lonmin also resulted in major retrenchments.

Additionally, Solidarity condemned the allegations of violence by Amcu strikers. They alleged that seven workers who were not striking have been killed. As a result, they called on Amcu to end the strike, according to The Citizen.

This is the latest in the tensions between Amcu and Solidarity, as well as fellow trade union NUM. Amcu has previously accused Solidarity and NUM of collaborating with Sibanye-Stillwater's leadership and trying to undermine the strike.

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Amcu also said that Solidarity and NUM had abandoned the cause of poor workers and were siding with the mining companies. 

This comes after Solidarity, NUM and UASA signing a wage agreement with Sibanye-Stillwater, which they say is effort to preserve jobs.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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