South Africa 31.3.2014 06:00 am

Platinum miners, employers ready to go at it again

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

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

Talks facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) aimed at ending the ongoing strike in the platinum sector are expected to resume tomorrow.

Mediators met with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which represents thousands of mineworkers employed at Lonmin, Anglo American and Impala platinum mines last week.

CCMA director Nerine Kahn reiterated that the dispute is of a complex nature and that the body is working with all parties to find a mutually beneficial solution.

Workers have been on strike since January 23, demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500. Workers, some of whom have not received salaries for the past two months, have vowed to continue striking until their demands are met.

Employers have since said Amcu’s demands are “unaffordable”, and if accepted could lead to a shutdown of some mine operations.

Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin have offered to increase salaries by 9%.

But the union rejected the offer and revised its demand to have the R12 500 minimum wage phased in over four years.

The companies also rejected the revised demand, stating it amounted to a 30% increase year on year.

The CCMA has engaged with the union and employers separately, and mediators met Amcu on Wednesday, CCMA spokesperson Laura Mseme said in a statement.

 

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