Amcu resumes wage talks as platinum strike continues


Talks between Amcu and mine executives are scheduled to continue after the union rejected the latest wage offer.

The Amcu strike has resulted in hundreds of millions of rand in lost income for the mining firms. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

Talks between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union​ (Amcu)​ and platinum miners to resolve a wage strike are expected to resume on Friday.

Amcu rejected a new wage offer tabled by Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum on Wednesday as it was not close to the workers' demand of a R12 500 monthly salary.

Amcu national coordinator Evans Ramokga said workers earned R5 000 and the union suggested that the R7 500 gap be closed over three years, after which workers would ultimately earn the proposed R12 500.

Treasurer Jimmy Gama said the union would take a new mandate from workers and table a proposal to the platinum companies when they met on Friday.

The strike in the North West platinum belt was in its second week. The platinum companies said hundreds of millions of rands had already been lost as a result of the strike. – Sapa

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