Amcu intensifies wage strike

2014-03-17 12:33

The wage strike in the platinum sector has been intensified, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has said.

“The strike continues. The number of workers on strike has increased,” Amcu coordinator Evans Ramokga said today.

“No one reported for work today. I have been going around the mine to check following allegation that workers intend to return to work. I can confirm no one has abandoned the strike. The workers are determined to fight for a living wage.”

The strike is in its eighth week.

Amcu members at Lonmin Platinum, 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 of an increase of up to 9%.

The union revised its demand, saying the R12 500 could be achieved over four years. However, the companies rejected the offer, stating it was not affordable and amounted to a 30% increase.

Talks aimed at resolving the strike collapsed after the CCMA found the parties were too far apart.

Earlier this month, the union presented a petition recording their unhappiness about how government departments and platinum mining companies have handled their demands.

President Jacob Zuma was given until March 20 to respond to the petition.

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