Amcu responds to mining companies

2014-06-17 16:12

Trade union Amcu has submitted a response to platinum mining companies over its latest wage offer and it is being analysed.

“Yes, we have received a written response from Amcu,” Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said today.

“We are reviewing the contents.”

She could not provide details of the document, or say whether other mining companies had received the union’s response.

Lonmin spokesperson Sue Vey and Impala Platinum spokesperson Johan Theron could not be reached for comment.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa did not respond to queries today.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency quoted Mathunjwa as saying he submitted a response to the companies last night.

Members of Amcu at Impala Platinum (Implats), Amplats and Lonmin went on strike on January 23 demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

Last week, platinum producers proposed to increase the salary of the lowest-paid workers by R1 000 for two years and R950 in the third year. This excluded other benefits.

The salaries of officials, artisans, and miners would increase by 8% in the first year and by 7.5% for the remaining two years. The proposed settlement was for three years.

Living-out allowances would not be increased for the duration of the settlement. Pension fund contributions, overtime, holiday leave, and shift allowances would be increased annually, based on the consumer price index (CPI).

The companies also promised to pay workers backpay within seven working days of them returning to work. The backpay was for the period prior to the strike.

On Friday, Amcu said it would accept the agreement in principle but that outstanding issues needed to be settled.

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