Amcu demands could derail peace talks
Amcu says its members strongly believe unions shouldn't get involved in the business of mining.
JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa on Thursday said if some of his union's demands are not met, government's neutrality will come into question.
He made the comments following Wednesday's failed peace talks aimed at restoring stability to the troubled mining sector.
Mathunjwa refused to sign the agreement as he wanted to consult with members.
The deal was brokered by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and agreed upon by other major role players, including the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Chamber of Mines.
Amcu's main rival union, the NUM, is affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), a member of the ruling tripartite alliance.
Mathunjwa said they were ready to bring up this issue if needed.
He says his members strongly believe unions shouldn't get involved in the business of mining.
"There mustn't be any union that has a business links where we are organising. There must not be any politicians that have a stake in any mining because we saw what happened in Marikana."
Miningmx writer David McKay said the demands could possibly derail the process as the NUM had interests in the sector.
"I think it's a dig at NUM and nothing else and it's a potential deal-breaker for this agreement."