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Johannesburg - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu) national treasurer, Jimmy Gama, yesterday said wage talks with the world’s three top platinum producers had deadlocked.

The biggest organised labour union in the platinum belt planned met with Anglo American Platinum, the world’s biggest platinum maker, today and planned to meet with Impala Platinum tomorrow in a dispute resolution meeting to try and reach an agreement.

It said it had yet to confirm a meeting with Lonmin, the world’s third biggest producer. “If during the above planned meetings no settlement is reached the union will have a right to refer a mutual interest dispute with the Commission of Conciliation Mediation, and Arbitration for conciliation purposes,” Gama said.

“We remain positive and optimistic that progress will be made for the sake of the industry, our members and the country. We are looking forward to a progressive engagement that will lead to a settlement being reached.”