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AMCU members will reject wage offer – union

FILE PICTURE: A group of mine workers chants slogans next to Lomin mine in Marikana outside Rustenburg, 23 January 2013, next to Wonderkop stadium where AMCU union members  are meeting after downing their tools demanding an increase of R12 500 a month. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: A group of mine workers chants slogans next to Lomin mine in Marikana outside Rustenburg, 23 January 2013, next to Wonderkop stadium where AMCU union members are meeting after downing their tools demanding an increase of R12 500 a month. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

A new wage offer by platinum mines will not be accepted by striking Amcu members, the union said on Thursday.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union was expected to brief its members on the platinum belt in Rustenburg in the North West on the new offer on Thursday, but insisted it will not be accepted.

“The employers’ offer is not close to the workers’ demand of R12,500, the strike continues,” said Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s national coordinator Evans Ramokga said.

“We understood the employers when they indicated that they would not afford our demand, but our other proposal to close the R7,500 wage gap over a three-year period was never addressed.”

Ramokga said workers earned R5000, and that the union suggested that the R7500 gap be closed over a three year period after which workers would ultimately earn the proposed R12,500.

Union treasurer Jimmy Gama said the union would present a new offer to workers on Thursday but was certain its members would not accept it.

“Workers want a living wage of R12,500, the employers’ offer does not address our demands. That offer will not be accepted by our members,” Gama said.

He said the union would take a new mandate from the workers and table a proposal to the platinum companies when they meet again on Friday.

Union leaders would give feedback to workers on Thursday at Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum.

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.

The second year would see an eight percent, 7.5 percent and seven percent increase, and the third year a 7.5 percent increase for A and B-level and seven percent increase for C-level workers.

The crippling strike by thousands of Amcu members at the North West platinum belt has entered a second week.

The platinum companies have indicated that hundreds of millions of rands have already been lost as a result of the strike.

Talks between the union and the companies, aimed at resolving the strike and mediated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), would resume on Friday.

– Sapa

 

 

 

 

 

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