Platinum belt strike can’t be forever – Joseph Mathunjwa

2014-06-04 11:02

The strike in the platinum belt in the North West cannot go on forever, says Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa.

There was “ongoing engagement” with Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi to try and resolve the five-month-old mine workers’ strike.

“The strike cannot be forever,” the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union leader said.

“The process is ongoing.”

He could not say if a deal was on the cards yet and declined to say if negotiations with mining bosses were fruitful.

“I don’t want to speak for the companies. The minister has to meet them and speak to them.”

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

They have rejected the companies’ offer that would bring their cash remuneration to that amount by 2017.

A team comprising officials from the departments of mineral resources, labour and the National Treasury has intervened to help end the strike.

On Monday, Amcu met to discuss a new offer put forward by the team but its details were not provided.

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