Explainer: What does AMCU's deregistration mean for its members?

Explainer: What does AMCU's deregistration mean for its members?

The department of labour has started the process of deregistering the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. Briefly.co.za explores what this would mean for the Union and its members.

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The registrar of labour relations has issued a notice stating that AMCU has 'ceased to function' in terms of the unions constitution and that it is no longer a 'genuine trade union'.

The union has come out of a very public strike action against Sibanye-Stillwater's goldmines, where thousands of members had engaged in months of protest action, Briefly.co.za reported.

With this latest announcement, it remains unclear what the next steps will be for the unions members. Briefly.co.za explains what the most likely process will be:

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Why is the union being shutdown?

While the reason for the deregistration is currently unclear, speculation among analysts theorise that the union had financial irregularities that it could not answer for. Other theories surmise that the union had been failing to perform its required meetings.

But where does this leave over 200 000 members?

There are a number of options open to AMCU going forward, according to TimesLIVE, they will have 60 days to argue their case as to why their registration should not be terminated.

If the union would be terminated, they would still be able to carry out strikes but employers will no longer be required to pay over subscription fees to the entity. This would see them losing a huge source of revenue.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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