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Amcu denies ‘selling out’ workers over Amplats retrenchments

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) denied on Wednesday that it had sold out workers when it signed an agreement with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) for retrenchments.

“It is a blue lie,” said national organiser Dumisani Nkalitshani. Former Amcu members alleged that the union agreed with Amplats to retrench workers and close three of its mines in Rustenburg. Expelled members Godfrey Lindani and Gaddafi Mdoda accused Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa of setting workers against them after he allegedly told a rally last year that Mdoda, Lindani and others were signatories of an agreement which led to Amplats retrenching hundreds of workers and closing three of its mines. “Those guys are mad. They were part and parcel of delegation signing the agreement.

They told president [Joseph] Mathunjwa that this is a good offer. There is no need to respond to their allegation, they are lying,” Nkalitshani said. Lindani is one of the 474 workers who will be retrenched. “The union sold out workers with this retrenchment agreement. Workers are angry, they want the union to intervene,” he said. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it was going to challenge the decision to retrench workers.