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Lonmin holds talks with Amcu

It is not yet clear whether Amcu will abort its planned strike at Lonmin.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Talks between Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Lonmin are still underway on Tuesday after the two parties failed to reach an agreement over recognition.

Amcu members have voted to go on strike at the mine if their union is not granted majority organisational rights.

Its president, Joseph Mathunjwa, on Monday met with Lonmin in a bid to secure a last minute agreement and avoid the strike, but those talks are still ongoing.

Amcu said it would serve Lonmin with an announcement to embark on a protected strike over recognition.

The mine has confirmed it has not received any notice and its meeting with Mathunjwa will continue.

Lonmin has also contested the legality of the strike as it has approached the arbitrator at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over discrepancies in the recognition agreement.

It is now unclear if or when Amcu will serve the mine with the 48-hour notice of its intention to strike as calls for stability in the mining sector continue to be made by financial and government leaders.

Lonmin has been battling with union rivalry following the deaths of 44 people last August.

Miners went on strike demanding better salaries, but the illegal action turned deadly when they clashed with police.

A commission of inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma to determine what exactly happened.