Amcu seeks payment to end strike

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Amcu Independent Newspapers. Association of mineworkers and construction union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Tiro Ramatlhatse.

Johannesburg - The biggest union at the South African operations of the world’s three largest platinum producers is demanding a 3,000-rand payment for each worker to end a strike, according to two people familiar with the talks.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union also wants Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin to withdraw criminal charges against members suspected of violent crimes related to the 21 week-long stoppage, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

The payment is in addition to other allowances and wage increases, they said.

Workers fired during the walkout should be reinstated and the Amcu will agree not to go on another strike if the companies pledge to avoid cutting jobs, the people said.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa didn’t answer calls or text messages to his mobile phone when Bloomberg News sought comment on the agreement.

The demands were first reported by Johannesburg-based the New Age newspaper. - Bloomberg News

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