Amcu awaits mandate for platinum strike

The union is ready to issue a 48-hour notice to employers but awaits its members' mandate.

Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says it's deadlocked in talks with employers on the platinum belt and is meeting with its members to decide on the way forward.

The union will hold a media briefing on Wednesday to reveal whether or not it will go ahead with a potentially crippling strike that could paralyse production at the world's three biggest platinum producers.

The union wants an entry level monthly salary of R12,500.

It says its members rejected an eight percent offer from Impala Platinum and reaffirmed the mandate to go on strike, but it's still waiting for a mandate from those working at other mines.

"The negotiations are over," says the union's Joseph Mathunjwa, adding, "We have deadlocked."

Impala Platinum's Johan Theron says they are still waiting to negotiate but Amcu could serve the company with a 48-hour strike notice at any moment.

"Up to now, we haven't received a 48-hour strike notice. But certainly, with the reaffirming of the mandate, it does allow them to issue a 48-hour strike notice when they choose to do so."