Uncategorized 16.4.2014 09:12 am

Strike fund gets cash injection

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. The  five month long strike has since ended. 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. The five month long strike has since ended. Picture: Neil McCartney

A strike fund set up by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has received R1 million.

The fund was created to assist platinum mineworkers who have been on a wage strike since January, The New Age reported on Wednesday.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa told the publication that the union had donated R1m to the Amcu Strike Fund account opened on Monday, while a sum of R50,000 was donated by union officials and staff members.

Some of the struggling employees were reportedly selling their livestock and other assets to make ends meet, the newspaper reported.

If the R1,050,000 were to be divided among the 25,000 striking workers, each would get R42, according to the report.

The union had overseas donors who were willing to “throw in thousands of dollars,” Mathunjwa was quoted as saying.

The Amcu members are on strike for a basic monthly salary of R12,500. They rejected a wage offer of up to nine percent from platinum producers.

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