Sibanye suspends ops at Beatrix due to inter-union rivalry

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JSE-listed miner, Sibanye Gold has said that operations at its Beatrix North and South shafts have been suspended.

This is after a conflict between members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which resulted in injuries to nine employees.

[DATA SGL:Sibanye] stated that in recent months it has been verifying applications for membership of AMCU from its Beatrix employees.

“The process, undertaken under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) confirmed that AMCU met the minimum threshold for minority recognition status at Beatrix,” it said.

“Sibanye management agreed to a request from AMCU to hold a mass meeting at Beatrix, on the afternoon of 5 February 2015, in order to get a mandate from its members for it to sign the minority recognition agreement.”

According to the gold miner, while Amcu members were gathering and preparing to proceed to the mass meeting, a conflict broke out between Amcu and NUM members.

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Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye said, “We have high health and safety standards which we will not compromise. As such, we will not expose any employee to the risk of violence.”

“As a result of this regrettable hostility between the unions, we have decided to suspend operations at Beatrix until peace and order has been restored. I urge Amcu and NUM leadership to work together with us to intervene and normalise this situation in the interest of the safety of their members,” he added.