The deadline for striking Amplats miners in Rustenburg to return to work has been moved from Monday to Wednesday, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said.

“We clinched an agreement with Anglo American Platinum CEO Mr Chris Griffith that the deadline would be extended from today to Wednesday, to give a new initiative a chance,” Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told SAfm on Monday morning.

“This afternoon, late, we will be meeting with the strike committee. They've requested a meeting and we've agreed.”

Amplats workers had been on a wildcat strike since September 12, demanding a minimum wage of R16,000 a month.

The platinum miner fired 12,000 workers after they failed to appear for a disciplinary hearing. Since then, several agreements had been made in efforts to get them to return to work, but none had been successful. - Sapa