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Amcu calls off Lonmin strike

Mining union Amcu says it has called off a strike at Lonmin's Marikana Mine.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa says the union has called off a strike by its members at Lonmin Mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MARIKANA - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday said it had called off a strike by its members at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

The union said it would continue pushing management for further talks because it had not recognised Amcu as the majority representative for workers there.

About 6,000 miners at two shafts went on an unprotected strike on Tuesday demanding that Amcu be given offices at the North West mine.

They also called for offices being occupied by the National Union of Mineworkers to be shutdown.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa said management had not been cooperative.

"This issue of recognition has been going on since last year November, and management keep on delaying."

Mathunjwa said they would meet with mine management on Friday to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, Lonmin management confirmed miners reported for work this morning.

It said security guards would be on high alert, but that the situation at the mine appeared to be calm.

Last August, an illegal wage strike at the mine led to over 40 deaths.

A commission of inquiry into those deaths is ongoing.

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