Platinum talks resume on Thursday

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Johannesburg - Wage talks between striking mining union Amcu and platinum producers will continue on Thursday, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) said.

“The individual engagements with the parties was initially set down for the 11th and 12th of February 2014,” the CCMA said in a statement on Monday.

“Employers had since requested additional time to consider and consult in their constituency.”

The talks, which were adjourned on Wednesday, would be held over two days, starting on Thursday.

The mediation process was aimed at resolving the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's (Amcu) strike at Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum, and Impala Platinum.

CCMA director Nerine Kahn said the CCMA was confident a mediated solution could be found.

Amcu is demanding a R12,500 basic salary for miners.

Around 80,000 miners downed tools on January 23.

The platinum producers proposed a three-year agreement last month.

The proposal was a nine percent increase for A-level workers, 8.5 percent for B-level and 7.5 percent for C-level workers in the first year.

The CCMA has been mediating talks between the union and the platinum companies since January 24. - Sapa



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