S.African court orders miners' union to suspend planned industry-wide strike
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 28 (Reuters) - South Africa's labour court
has ordered a mineworkers' union to suspend its plans for an
industry-wide strike from Feb. 28 to March 7 until it issues a
ruling on whether to block the action, the union and producer
Lonmin said on Thursday.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU)
has been on strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations since
mid-November in a pay dispute and announced on Tuesday it would
extend the strike to platinum and other mines.
Producers applied for a court order to block the action. At
least 11 firms would have been affected by an extended sympathy
strike, including AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold
, Anglo American Platinum and Lonmin.
"The South African Labour Court yesterday ruled that the
intended secondary strike at Lonmin's operations is suspended
pending judgement in due course and operations continue
normally," Lonmin said in a statement.
The court did not set a date for the next hearing.
"Nothing is going to happen until we get a judgement," said
AMCU spokesman Manzini Zungu.
Anglo American Platinum spokesman Sibusiso Tshabalala said
employees at its shafts had reported for work on Thursday
"As far as we know everything is normal. We are waiting for
the judgement now, no one knows when that will be delivered."
(Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana and Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo
Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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