The Associated Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) served notice of its growing influence in South Africa’s platinum sector, claiming some 20,000 workers at Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin were among its ranks; a figure that is growing by the day.
Joseph Mathunjwa, Amcu president, put in a rare media appearance on the basis of correcting ‘selective’ media coverage that portrayed the union as disruptive and violent.
He estimated Amcu had 15,000 members at Anglo American Platinum mine, 11,000 of which were confirmed as they had lodged stop orders with the union. There were a further 5,000 members at Lonmin’s Western Platinum ‘Karee’ mine where the union had been granted some organisational rights.
Mathunjwa described activities at Amplats operations as being “fairly intense recruitment” after its labour invited Amcu to build its representation. “I don’t want to be a prophet of doom,” said Mathunjwa on the prospect of disruption at the Amplats mines similar to events at Implats earlier this year. “I don’t want to see conflict there,” he added.