Amcu platinum strike continues

2014-01-27 08:39

Striking mineworkers at Rustenburg platinum mines were gathering this morning for a briefing, says the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

“We are gathering to brief workers about what transpired at the CCMA [Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration] meeting on Friday and the continuing talks,” said Lazarus Khoza, branch shop steward at Amplats Khuselela mine.

He said the strike would continue until a resolution had been reached.

“Our demands have not changed,” he said by phone.

Workers singing struggle songs could be heard on the background.

Amcu members went on strike at Impala, Lonmin and Anglo American Platinum on Thursday, demanding an entry-level monthly wage of R12 500.

The union, employers, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu met at the CCMA offices in Johannesburg on Friday in a bid to resolve the strike.

The talks will continue in Pretoria from today until Wednesday.

Amplats CEO Chris Griffith, Implats CEO Terence Goodlace and Lonmin CEO Ben Magara recently said a prolonged strike would probably further damage South Africa’s reputation as an attractive business and investment destination.

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