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Amcu warns mines on direct engagements with employees

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

There is still no end in sight to the crippling strike in the platinum sector, which is now almost four months old.

Mineworkers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), downed tools on January 23, demanding a basic monthly wage of R12 500, something employers said was unaffordable.

The workers then revised their demand to R12 500, phased in over a period of four years.

However, when contacted by The Citizen yesterday, speaking on behalf of the mines, Charmane Russell said there are no talks planned on bringing the strike to an end.

“Mining companies are still engaging directly with the mineworkers and the response so far from Anglo American Platinum mine has been good.

“The ongoing strike is worrying and concerning for employers, employees and the country,” Russell said.

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa accused mining companies of using underhand tactics that could lead to factions among mineworkers.

“It is disappointing to see these companies speaking directly to mineworkers,” he said.

“I don’t want to be seen as a prophet of doom, but if they (platinum producers) continue engaging workers directly, this could lead to something else.”

Mathunjwa said the only way for the strike to end will be for the employers to go back to the negotiating table with an offer that seeks to meet workers’ demands.

Asked how the mood was among striking workers, Mathunjwa said they (workers) remained steadfast in their struggle for a decent living wage. He said plans for protest marches would be announced soon.

Mathunjwa also welcomed EFF leader Julius Malema’s commitment that the party would also contribute to the strike trust fund, which sought to assist families of striking Amcu members in the event of emergency.

 

 

 

 

 

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