Amcu workers return to work, some share challenges brought on by strike

After a devastating no-work no-pay five months, workers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) employed at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations return to work on Tuesday.

The mining union last week gave up in its bid for an R1 000 increase for the next three years.

Read: Mathunjwa says Amcu will not apologise for five months no-pay strike

The union settled on a hike of R700 for the next two years along with R825 the following year, which is the same deal that rival unions signed in November.

To discuss the miners' return to work and the hardships that miners went through, EWN reporter Kgomotso Modise speaks to Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala.

Workers at the mine have told us about how the effects of the strike have been terrible towards them.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

Workers were saying they have had to make ends meet and put things together. We saw a gentleman who was trying to sell stuff on the side of the road.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

She adds that workers not only had to support themselves during the strike, citing that they also had to send money home to their families.

She adds that because it is the end of the Easter weekend, not all workers returned to work on Tuesday. Some will return to work on Wednesday.

Listen below to the full interview:


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