Amcu: Chamber of Mines is the oppressor

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Johannesburg - The Chamber of Mines was not a bargaining council, AMCU leader Josepeh Mathunjwa said on Thursday.

“The chamber of mines is a mouthpiece for the oppressor,” he said, referring to mine bosses.

He was speaking outside Impala Platinum's head office in Illovo where hundreds of striking mineworkers had gathered.

Amcu-affiliated mineworkers in the platinum sector have been on strike for over two months, demanding a minimum wage of R12,500 a month for all workers.

They have rejected the companies' offer of a nine percent wage increase.

Mathunjwa earlier told the crowd moves were underway to expand the strike.

“We have filed an application with Nedlac (National Economic Development and Labour Council) in Rosebank,” he said.

“We want our workers in the gold and coal sectors to join us.”

Earlier in the day, traffic came to a standstill on Jan Smuts Avenue in Johannesburg as Amcu-affiliated mineworkers marched to Illovo. Dozens of buses had dropped off marchers.

Traffic was re-directed. - Sapa

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