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Amcu hoping to settle with Chamber today

The union has been negotiating for a R12,500 monthly increase with the Chamber of Mines.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the Chamber of Mines will meet again today to try and prevent another strike in the gold sector.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and two other unions have returned to their posts after they accepted a wage hike of eight percent.

The union's President Joseph Mathunjwa says they're hoping to reach a settlement with gold producers by the end of today.

"We are still going to meet with them at 2pm this afternoon and therefore hope and trust that sanity will prevail."

Earlier this week, Mathunjwa said if the chamber's offer is revised, it should meet all other conditions of their demand.

"Eight percent was overwhelmingly rejected by our constituency on Sunday. There are so many issues or demands that have been listed before the Chamber of Mines, but as for now our members have rejected eight percent."

Meanwhile, the NUM's strike in the construction sector has come to an end. Construction workers went on strike three weeks ago over wages.

Workers affiliated to the NUM were demanding a minimum monthly wage of R5,500.

The union's Lesiba Seshoka said an agreement was reached on Thursday with the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors.

"We are happy to announce that from eight percent, we have now reached an agreement of a 12 percent increase and workers are going back to work today."

Various construction sites were hotspots for violence and intimidation as a result of the industrial action.

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