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Amcu may go on strike

Talks with Implats, Anglo American and Lonmin have deadlocked.

Amcu members may down tools at Implats, Anglo American and Lonmin. Picture: Gia Nocolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Three of South Africa's biggest platinum producers are facing industrial action in the North West Province after wage talks deadlocked with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Impala Platinum, Anglo American and Lonmin Platinum have all failed to reach a wage settlement with Amcu which has become the representative for the majority of workers on the platinum belt.

This has raised concerns about mass action further damaging South Africa's economy.

Amcu's Jimmy Gama says their members at Implats have already voted to go on strike, but talks with the company will continue in a bid to avoid this.

However, Gama says the employers' attitude at all three mining companies is hampering talks.

"They are not prepared to consider anything which is being put on the table by the workers."

Gama says it seems South Africa's platinum giants have learnt nothing from the 2012 loss in production.

"The trick that they are using doesn't seem to suggest they have learnt from what happened last year when workers of Lonmin, in particular, took a position that they want a living wage."

The union is due to meet with the companies again next week and says it is committed to avoid any work stoppages.