Num denies losing members to Amcu

The Num insists it has played a crucial part in the widespread industrial action in the mining industry.

Anglo Platinum miners march, demanding better wages. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A territorial battle between unions and strike leaders at Anglo American Platinum Mine continues even after what seems to be a resolution of a two-month long wage strike.

While the strike has been called off, the parties are expected to continue negotiations with management on the workers demand of a R16,000 basic wage.

Management has offered a R400 increase.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) has dismissed allegations that it has lost members to rival organisation Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) during the industrial action.

Num's Lesiba Seshoka says there would have never been a resolution without its input.

"There could not have been a deal reached in Rustenberg to broker a deal that will allow workers to return to work. There is not committee that can claim victory."

Amplats miners are currently attending a rally in Rusternburg, where they are being briefed about the latest developments.

Strike leader Mammetlwe Sebei says the workers have lost confidence in Num.

"They've moved out of Num and they are going in the direction of Amcu because of a very shameful and treacherous behaviour of Num during the strike."

The mining industry has lost lots of money in recent mines due to widespread industrial action.