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Amcu, platinum producers to resume wage talks

Sapa

Wage negotiations and a mediation process, aimed at resolving the Amcu strike at Lonmin, Anglo American and Impala Platinum, is expected to resume.

Amcu is demanding a R12 500 basic salary for miners. Around 80 000 miners downed tools on January 23. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

Wage talks between striking mining union Amcu and platinum producers are expected to resume on Thursday.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) said on Monday that individual engagements with the parties had initially been set for February 11 and 12. Employers had requested additional time to consider and consult their constituencies.

The mediation process was aimed at resolving the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's (Amcu) strike at Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum, and Impala Platinum.

CCMA director Nerine Kahn said the commission was confident a mediated solution could be found.

Amcu is demanding a R12 500 basic salary for miners. Around 80 000 miners downed tools on January 23.

The platinum producers proposed a three-year agreement last month. The proposal was a 9% increase for A-level workers, 8.5% for B-level and 7.5% for C-level workers in the first year.

The CCMA has been mediating talks between the union and the platinum companies since January 24. – Sapa

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