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Amcu demands majority recognition

Amcu have failed to reach an agreement with Lonmin at the CCMA.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa said a potential strike at Lonmin can only be avoided if the company grants his union majority recognition.

Amcu members at Lonmin's Marikana Mine in the North West vowed to go on strike and will issue the company with a 24 hour notice if a last minute agreement isn't reached by next week Tuesday.

After nearly two months of negotiations Mathunjwa said talks remained deadlocked despite the company saying the union is entitled to recognition.

"It's up to Lonmin to decide if they want a strike or peacefully closing this matter by recognising the majority union."

Amcu have been in talks with Lonmin at the CCMA but having failed to reach an agreement and the mining company has applied for arbitration.

The issue has raised tensions with Amcu wanting the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to vacate its offices.

Lonmin said the talks have been held up because Amcu wants rights to negotiate on behalf of high level skilled workers with whom it does not enjoy majority support.