Amcu spends R4m on buses to get striking miners home for Easter

2014-04-17 12:18

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Buses organised to ferry platinum miners home over the Easter weekend will go as far as Maputo, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa has said.

“The buses will travel to different provinces and as far as Maputo [in Mozambique],” he said today.

Amcu members have been on strike since January 23 at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum mining operations.

They are demanding a minimum monthly salary of R12 500, and have rejected an offer of a 9% salary increase.

Today, Mathunjwa said the buses would be dispatched to all Amcu branches in Rustenburg.

At least 100 buses had been acquired at a cost of more than R4 million. The buses would transport miners to their homes free of charge.

A strike fund had also been set up by Amcu to assist miners’ families to survive as the strike goes on.

Yesterday, Mathunjwa told The New Age newspaper the union had donated R1 million to the Amcu Strike Fund account, opened on Monday, and a sum of R50 000 had been donated by union officials and staff members.

Some of the struggling employees were reportedly selling their livestock and other assets to make ends meet, the newspaper reported.

If the R1 050 000 were to be divided among the 25 000 striking workers, each would get R42, according to the report.

The union had overseas donors willing to “throw in thousands of dollars”, Mathunjwa was quoted as saying.

Mathunjwa said the branches would be tasked with verifying the credentials of those boarding the buses to ensure they were Amcu members.

The miners were expected to return after the long weekend.

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