Uncategorized 3.6.2014 06:00 am

Amcu responds to task team’s proposal

FILE PICTURE: AMCU President, Joseph Mathunjwa with Jefferey Mphahlele. Picture: Neil McCartney

FILE PICTURE: AMCU President, Joseph Mathunjwa with Jefferey Mphahlele. Picture: Neil McCartney

The prolonged strike in the platinum sector will only end once platinum producers accede to mineworkers’ demands, leader of the Association of Mining and Construction Union (Amcu) Joseph Mathunjwa said yesterday.

Amcu has responded to the proposal put to the union and Lonmin, Impala and Anglo American platinum mines last week by the inter-ministerial government task team set up by Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi to examine ways of resolving the strike.

Amcu was the first to respond late yesterday. All parties, according to Ramatlhodi’s office had been given a “reasonable” amount of time to respond.

Last night, Mathunjwa was unable to divulge the contents of the union’s response, but he confirmed that a response had been sent to the department.

“I don’t want us to undermine the minister … let us give him time to peruse our response. We, as Amcu, will then wait for an invitation from the minister,” Mathunjwa said.

He said Amcu’s demands remained the same.

Speaking on behalf of the mining companies, Charmane Russell said the companies were reviewing the recommendations and undertaking the necessary financial analyses.

“All parties will now consult with their principles and revert back to the government task team as soon as possible so that a possible resolution can be finalised.

“No fixed timelines have been agreed, but the parties are in daily communication and will convene further engagements at short notice when required to do so,” Russell added.

 

 

 

 

 

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