Sibanye-Stillwater faces strike at South Africa gold mines – MINING.COM –

Sibanye’s Kloof operation. (Image courtesy of Sibanye-Stillwater.)

South Africa’s long-divided mining unions have scored a win since forging a united front against the industry’s largest employer as the country’s labour arbitration body has cleared them to strike following failed wage negotiations with Sibanye Stillwater (JSE: SSW)( NYSE: SBSW).

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), which has been mediating between Sibanye and unions, declared the long-dragged dispute unresolved as of December 21 and issued a certificate on Monday allowing the unions to give strike notice and the company to implement a lockout.