Amcu to take new offer to members

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AmcuHands Independent Newspapers There was no confirmation from the mining sector regarding a report that Amcu had accepted the wage deal in the platinum sector. File photo: Matthews Baloyi.

Johannesburg - The biggest union at the South African mines of the world’s three largest platinum producers, whose members have been on a pay strike for 13 weeks, has yet to take the companies’ new offer to members, its leader said.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union will meet with Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin today for the companies to explain the offer, President Joseph Mathunjwa said by phone.

Amplats and Impala proposed on April 17 to increase the cash portion of employees’ pay, which includes bonuses and living allowances, to 12,500 rand a month by 2017 to try end a strike that began January 23.

“Everyone is aware that it was a long weekend and our members were travelling to their families therefore there’s nothing we can communicate,” Mathunjwa said.

“We’re going to meet the employers this morning and we’ll take it from there.”

The offer is short of the AMCU’s demand for monthly basic pay, excluding cash bonuses, of 12,500 rand within four years.

The strike has cost the three producers 14.2 billion rand in revenue and employees 6.3 billion rand in wages, according to a website set up by the companies.

The AMCU’s leadership said last week it wasn’t happy with the offer that fell “far short” of its demands, Impala spokesman Johan Theron said by phone today.

The damage caused by the strike will already make companies reconsider their operations in some areas, he said.

The chief executive officers of the three companies will be present at today’s meeting, Charmane Russell, a spokeswoman for the producers on the talks at Russell & Associates, said in an e-mailed response to questions. - Bloomberg News



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