Johannesburg - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has requested further meetings with platinum miner Lonmin after wage negotiations deadlocked, the union said on Friday.
“We have sent them a letter proposing a meeting. If that meeting does not yield any favourable results, we will refer the matter to the CCMA for mediation,” said Amcu treasurer Jimmy Gama.
The union has demanded a minimum wage of R12,500 across all levels.
Amcu and other unions have rejected Lonmin's offer of a six-percent pay rise for skilled employees and seven percent for entry-level employees, for the next four years.
Gama said: “The attitude of the employer is very difficult. They are not willing to entertain the needs of the workers.”
Lonmin spokeswoman Sue Vey would not comment on the wage dispute.
“Negotiations are ongoing. We won't provide any blow-by-blow details about who said what... until there is an outcome.”
Amcu, which represents 60 percent of Lonmin's workforce, was recognised as the majority union at the company in July.
The agreement shut out minority unions, including Solidarity, which represents three percent of the skilled workers.
Solidarity referred a dispute to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
Solidarity and Lonmin, since then, have committed themselves to constructive negotiations to restore recognition for minority unions. - Sapa