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Amcu strikers sing songs as talks resume

Johannesburg - Striking mineworkers at Rustenburg platinum mines were gathering on Monday morning for a briefing, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said.

“We are gathering to brief workers about what transpired at the CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) meeting on Friday and the continuing talks,” said Lazarus Khoza, branch shop steward at Amplats Khuselela mine.

Mine workers protest outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg, in the North West province. Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), the sector's main union, have downed tools at Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, the top three producers of the metal used in catalytic converters in cars. Credit: Reuters

He said the strike would continue until a resolution had been reached.

“Our demands have not changed,” he said by phone.

Workers singing struggle songs could be heard on the background.

Members of Amcu went on strike at Impala, Lonmin and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Thursday, demanding an entry level R12 500 monthly.

The union, employers, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu met at the CCMA offices in Johannesburg on Friday, in a bid to resolve the strike.

The talks were set to continue in Pretoria from Monday to Wednesday.

Amplats chief executive Chris Griffith, Implats chief executive Terence Goodlace and Lonmin chief executive Ben Magara recently said a prolonged strike would probably further damage South Africa's reputation as an attractive business and investment destination. - Sapa

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