Platinum cabal must be patriotic – Amcu

2014-05-05 12:17

Only an “honourable settlement” can resolve the three-month long strike in the platinum sector, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has said.

“We call on the platinum cabal to be patriotic. Only an honourable settlement can resolve the strike,” union leader Joseph Mathunjwa told reporters in Joburg today.

“Our members have rejected the offer. The Amcu strike is protected. No one should put pressure on us. We appeal to progressive forces to put pressure on the employer to accept this demand.”

Amcu members at Lonmin, Impala and Anglo American Platinum operations in Rustenburg, North West, and Northam, Limpopo, downed tools on January 23, demanding a basic salary of R12 500 over a period of four years.

Mathunjwa said the R12 500 demand was based on the escalating cost of living and “slave-structured” wage grades in the mining sector.

He said the current R4 500 wages were earned by Indian and white mine employees in 1987.

“There is no good story for mineworkers since the dawn of democracy.”

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