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Amcu to down tools at Amplats

Amcu is opposing restructuring at Amplats, which will see 4,800 people lose their jobs.

AMCU's Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Tuesday said its members at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) will go on strike on Friday.

The union issued a 48-hour strike notice to the company on Monday.

Amcu is opposing restructuring at Amplats, which will see 4,800 people lose their jobs.

In 2012, a nearly two-month long unprotected strike at Amplats saw the company lose millions of rands.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole says, "The notice for the strike is in opposition to the retrenchment notices which the company has been issuing as of the beginning of September 2013."

Meanwhile, the Collective Bargaining Forum in the coal mining sector has tabled its final wage offer to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Employers are offering between seven and 11 percent, while the union has demanded a 15 percent wage hike.

The NUM's Lesiba Seshoka said the offer was taken back to members.

"They can decide on the way forward."

At the same time, workers in the motor retail sector are continuing with their ongoing nationwide strike.

Workers are demanding a double-digit wage increase.