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Bosses and workers seek platinum deal

FILE PICTURE: A group of mine workers listen to their president  Joseph Mathunjwa's address at Wonderkop stadium next to Lomin mine in Marikana outside Rustenburg, where AMCU union members  where meet ing after downing their tools demanding an increase of R12500 a month salary. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: A group of mine workers listen to their president Joseph Mathunjwa's address at Wonderkop stadium next to Lomin mine in Marikana outside Rustenburg, where AMCU union members where meet ing after downing their tools demanding an increase of R12500 a month salary. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Mineworkers who are members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) aren’t concerned about losing their jobs if their industrial action continues unabated.

Platinum sector workers have been on strike for seven weeks.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Naido Mtsheketshe, a union leader in Rustenburg, said workers would continue their fight until employers accede to their demand for a R12 500 a month basic salary. The affected mines are Lonmin, Anglo American and Impala Platinum.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa was not available to comment.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is to convene a joint meeting between platinum producers and Amcu today. This follows separate CCMA meetings with the mining companies and Amcu.

On Wednesday afternoon, Nerine Kahn, director of the CCMA, said the meetings were constructive and had paved the way for the CCMA-facilitated process.

Last month the platinum producers proposed a three-year agreement, with A-level workers – the lowest paid – getting a 9% increase, B-level 8.5% and C-level 7.5% for the first year.

For the second year, the proposed increases were 8% for A-level, 7.5% for B-level and 7% for C-level workers. In the third year, A and B-level workers would get 7.5% and C-level 7%.

 

 

 

 

 

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