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Amcu members to discuss latest offer

Jimmy Gama says although they're not happy with the latest offer its members will make the final decision.

Police presence has been increased at the Anglo Platinum Rustenburg mines as miners prepare to go on strike. Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will meet its members today to discuss a revised wage offer made by the world's top three platinum producers.

Efforts are continuing to try and end the wage strike by around 100,000 workers at Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum.

They are demanding a salary of R12,500.

Amcu's Jimmy Gama says although they are not happy with the latest offer its members will make the final decision.

“The company made its offer and we will take that to the members where we’ll be meeting at the various mines.”

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members listen to Joseph Mathunjwa ahead of the union's strike on the platinum belt on 23 January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members listen to Joseph Mathunjwa ahead of the union's strike on the platinum belt on 23 January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Furthermore, Amcu has questioned whether mining bosses on fully comprehend the suffering of its members and says the companies must work to meet its demands to stabilise the industry.

DON’T PROVOKE MINERS

Meanwhile, the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu) has called on police not to provoke the Amcu members who are on strike at three platinum mines in the North West.

There have been three incidents of violence since the strike started but authorities can't confirm if Amcu members have been involved.

Police presence has been increased at the Anglo Platinum Rustenburg mines as miners prepare to go on strike. Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Police presence has been increased at the Anglo Platinum Rustenburg mines as miners prepare to go on strike. Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Nactu president Joseph Maqhekeni is adamant their traditional weapons are not dangerous and when police confiscate knobkierries and shields this can provoke the miners.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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