In South Africa, the meteoric rise in popularity of Amcu Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was not enough to sway to its favour the Labour Courts ruling in its appeal relating to a dispute during 2013 wage negotiations involving AngloGold Ashanti Harmony Gold Mining and Sibanye Gold.
The Labour Court dismissed Amcu’s appeal on the grounds that the trade union did not represent the interest of workers at companies to embark on a legal strike, according to a statement from the Chamber of Mines.
The three Chamber of Mines members had contested Amcu’s appeal that its members should be allowed to strike if they were majority of members at individual mines. Amcu still has a strike certificate at Sibanye, obtained during 2015 wage negotiations. The union previously said it would wait until the 2013 case was resolved before deciding on whether it should strike.
Manzini Zungu, a spokesperson for Amcu, said the union would only make a statement after it had studied the judgment.