Amcu refuses to sign Lonmin peace accord

Amcu’s Joseph Matunjwa says he did not engage with workers about returning to work on Monday.

Mine workers walk to a meeting point, at Lonmin's Marikana Mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Start-up union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Friday said it refused to sign a peace accord with Lonmin bosses because the agreement failed to respond to the demands of striking Marikana workers.

The union held a press conference in Johannesburg on Friday, following the signing of the peace accord by other unions earlier this week.

Amcu president Joseph Matunjwa was contradictory, saying he supported the workers but could not speak on their behalf.

He said the union did not sign the accord because it failed to address salary hikes.

Matunjwa said Amcu had not engaged with striking workers about returning to work on Monday.

His comments come as mineworkers continue with their strike to demand a salary of R12,500.

Matunjwa admitted workers were responsible for their own actions in this regard, but said he hoped Lonmin would address the the pay issue.