Lonmin, Amcu talks end with no deal

2013-06-13 11:16

Platinum producer Lonmin has said it failed to reach a recognition agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) after marathon talks, paving the way for a possible strike.

Lonmin spokesperson Sue Vey said no further talks were scheduled for today. Officials from Amcu, which has threatened to call a strike if no agreement was reached, could not be reached for comment.

Lonmin has said a strike would be illegal.

Amcu wants to be recognised as the majority union at Lonmin as it now represents more than 70% of the workforce at the world's third-largest producer of the precious metal.

Lonmin's mines were shut for weeks by an illegal strike in 2012 and were the centre of last year's violence in the platinum belt, which saw 34 miners shot dead by police in a single day in the worst security incident since the end of apartheid.

Amcu, which has emerged as the dominant union in the platinum shafts after a bloody turf war with the once-unrivalled National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), has also led two brief wildcat strikes at Lonmin this year, most recently last month.

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