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Amcu threatens strike at Lonmin

Amcu has vowed to down tools at Lonmin if their demands are not met.

AMCU's Joseph Mathunjwa speaks during a media briefing about the Lonmin peace deal. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Thursday voted to go on strike at Lonmin after their leaders failed to reach an agreement over recognition.

The union requested a meeting with the company on Monday in a bid to reach a last minute agreement.

If issues are not resolved by Tuesday, workers will down tools.

Lonmin has already been hit by two illegal work stoppages at its Rustenburg operations in 2013.

Amcu represents about 70 percent of the workforce at the North West mine.

President Joseph Mathunjwa said they did not know why Lonmin was refusing to grant them majority recognition.

"We shouldn't be fighting for the issue of recognition agreement; the records are there. Why is Lonmin Platinum refusing to recognise Amcu?"

Earlier this week, Lonmin suspended several shop stewards from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) after they were caught allegedly submitting fraudulent membership forms.

About 200 applications showed the miners had switched from Amcu to the NUM.

The NUM also accused Lonmin of being in the country to effect regime change.

Meanwhile, a commission of inquiry is underway to determine what happened when 34 miners were gunned down last August.

The miners were taking part in an illegal strike demanding better wages when they clashed with police.

Police deny any wrongdoing, saying their lives were threatened.

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