Ngoako Ramatlhodi threatens to drop platinum strike negotiations

2014-06-07 11:57

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The Department of Mineral Resources will pull out of negotiations in the platinum wage dispute if parties do not come to an agreement next week, Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has said.

“On Monday, all the parties [mine bosses and striking miners] will be coming back,” he told reporters today in Irene, south of Pretoria.

“I am pulling out on Monday if they do not find each other. If they do not find each other, I wish them and SA luck.”

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union members at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum downed tools on January 23 demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

They have so far rejected the companies’ offer that would bring their pay to R12 500 by July 2017.

The strike has cost the employers R21.2bn in revenue and employees have reportedly lost R9.4bn in earnings.

Last week, Ramatlhodi set up a intergovernmental technical team to help resolve the wage dispute.

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