No end in sight for ‘lukewarm’ platinum strike talks

2014-05-23 08:20

Platinum producers declined to comment on reports that talks with trade union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) were “lukewarm” and could continue for “much longer”.

“All I can say is that the talks continued today and they will continue tomorrow. I can’t comment on reports,” spokesperson Charmaine Russel said yesterday evening.

Reuters quoted Impala Platinum chief executive Terence Goodlace as saying the talks aimed at ending a four-month-long strike with Amcu were “lukewarm”.

“So far as hope is concerned, the feedback that I have got was lukewarm from yesterday [Wednesday] but they are going back into session today [Thursday],” Goodlace reportedly said.

Asked how long the strike could last, he replied: “It’s almost like how long is a piece of string. I suppose the proper answer to it is that it could go on for much longer because we are so far apart between the two parties. My expectation is they will probably go on for longer.”

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

They rejected the companies’ offer that would bring their cash remuneration to R12 500 by July 2017.

Amcu and platinum mining companies met behind closed doors at an undisclosed location in Joburg this week.

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