Amcu leadership to meet – CCMA

FILE PICTURE: Striking miners chant slogans while marching to Wonderkop Stadium near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on January 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

Labour union Amcu is to continue discussions with the CCMA on Tuesday in efforts to resolve a pay strike crippling the platinum mining sector, the commission said.

“The CCMA mediators met with Amcu today (Monday) as part of the continuing mediation process,” the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration said in a statement.

“As a result of the engagement, Amcu has convened a meeting of its leadership structures to consult and explore the way forward.”

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) meeting would take place on Tuesday. Amcu had agreed to provide the CCMA with feedback on Wednesday.

Friday’s session between the parties was postponed as Amcu officials had to attend a funeral.

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

The platinum producers proposed a three-year agreement last month. 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.

The CCMA has been mediating talks between the union and the platinum companies since January 24. On February 5 the talks were adjourned for the CCMA to engage with the parties individually.

On Monday morning, mining giant Anglo American Platinum said it was losing about R100 million a day because of the strike, which was in its fourth week.

“The company is losing 4000oz amounting to R100m in revenue daily,” Amplats spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole said in an e-mail.

Amplats said on Saturday it was suing Amcu for R591m for damages and losses suffered during the work stoppage.

“The provisional quantum of the damages claim is about R591m, although as Amcu’s wrongful conduct is continuing the damages will continue to accrue,” Sithole said.


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