Steven Tau
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12 Apr 2014
7:00 am

Amcu members not defecting – union boss

Steven Tau

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) yesterday refuted claims that some of its members have defected to other unions as a result of the ongoing strike in the platinum sector.

FILE PICTURE: Members of AMCU march to Implats head office in Illovo, 27 March 2014 to deliver their demands which include an salary increase to R12 500. Picture: Neil McCartney

Labour analyst Michael Bagraim was quoted as saying Amcu’s recent marches to various platinum mine companies signalled the last kicks of a dying horse.

Speaking to Saturday Citizen yesterday, Amcu national treasurer Jimmy Gama described claims that Amcu was losing members as “propaganda”.

“There is nothing like that, as Amcu has 120 000 members in both the platinum and gold minining sectors,” said Gama.

Amcu members have been on strike in the platinum sector since January 23, demanding a monthly basic wage of R12 500. They have since revised their demand to R12 500, phased in over a period of four years, while employers are offering 9%.

When asked about the membership fees Amcu members are paying on a monthly basis, Gama replied: “It depends on one’s salary, but members pay 1% of their basic salaries.

“For instance if one is earning a R1 000, they contribute R10 towards their monthly membership fees.”

Amid the platinum strike that seems to be far from over, Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa has repeatedly said the union will transport union members to their respective homes from as far as the Eastern Cape, Lesotho, and Mozambique for the coming Easter weekend.

Gama yesterday said they are still awaiting a final list of union members who are planning to go home.

“Amcu’s leadership will finalise the list this weekend and will make an announcement soon in that regard,” he said.

Gama said they have not been called for any further talks regarding the platinum strike.