South Africa 5.2.2014 05:27 pm

Amcu platinum talks adjourn

FILE PICTURE: Striking AMCU mineworkers. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: Striking AMCU mineworkers. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Wage talks between striking mining union Amcu and platinum producers were adjourned on Wednesday, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) said.

The mediation process was aimed at resolving the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu) strike at Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum. The CCMA would now talk to the parties individually.

“Allowing parties an opportunity to consider and consult whilst in their constituencies is a critical part of any facilitation process,” CCMA director Nerine Kahn said in a statement.

The union is demanding a R12,500 basic salary for miners. Around 80,000 miners downed tools on January 23.

The platinum producers proposed a three-year agreement on Thursday. The proposal was a nine percent increase for A-level workers, 8.5 percent for B-level and 7.5 percent for C-level workers in the first year.

Earlier on Wednesday, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa told the Cape Town Press Club that union members did not want the leadership to sign a wage agreement on the offer.

The CCMA has been mediating talks between the union and the platinum companies since January 24.

Sapa

 

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