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30 Jan 2014 09:36
The crippling strike by thousands of Amcu members at the North West platinum belt has entered a second week. (Oupa Nkosi)
A new wage offer by platinum mines will not be accepted by striking Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members, the union said.
Amcu was expected to brief its members on the platinum belt in Rustenburg in the North West on the new offer on Thursday, but insisted it will not be accepted.
"The employers' offer is not close to the workers' demand of R12 500, the strike continues," said Amcu's national coordinator Evans Ramokga. "We understood the employers when they indicated that they would not afford our demand, but our other proposal to close the R7 500 wage gap over a three-year period was never addressed."
Ramokga said workers earned R5 000, and that the union suggested that the R7 500 gap be closed over a three year period after which workers would ultimately earn the proposed R12 500.
Union treasurer Jimmy Gama said the union would present a new offer to workers on Thursday but was certain its members would not accept it.
"Workers want a living wage of R12 500, the employers' offer does not address our demands.
The platinum producers proposed a three-year agreement on Thursday. 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 second year would see an 8%, 7.5% and 7% increase, and the third year a 7.5% increase for A and B-level and 7% increase for C-level workers.
The crippling strike by thousands of Amcu members at the North West platinum belt has entered a second week. The platinum companies have indicated that hundreds of millions of rands have already been lost as a result of the strike. Talks between the union and the companies, aimed at resolving the strike and mediated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), would resume on Friday. – Sapa
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