Uncategorized 26.3.2014 10:48 am

Platinum mine wage talks continue

FILE PICTURE: Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa speaks to crowds during a march in the Johannesburg CBD. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa speaks to crowds during a march in the Johannesburg CBD. Picture: Alaister Russell

Talks between platinum companies and mineworkers’ union Amcu will continue on Wednesday, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration said.

“This process has been continuous and ongoing, with this being an important step towards finding a mediated solution to the current industrial action that is impacting on both employers and employees alike,” said CCMA director Nerine Kahn in a statement.

“During the course of this week, the CCMA mediators will conduct separate engagements with the trade union and the platinum producers.”

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum, and Lonmin downed tools on January 23 to push for a basic monthly salary of R12,500. They rejected a wage offer of up to nine percent.

The companies, in turn, rejected Amcu’s revised demand that the R12,500 could be achieved over four years, saying it was unaffordable.

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