Amcu to give update on 'paralysing' strike

The strike could cripple production at three of the biggest platinum producers in the world.

The strike could cripple production at three of the biggest platinum producers in the world. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says it will hold a media briefing on Wednesday on whether or not it will embark on a potentially crippling strike in the platinum industry.

The union which holds a majority on the platinum belt wants an entry level monthly salary of R12,500.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says the union's leadership has been meeting with members to get a mandate on the way forward after negotiations failed to produce a result.

"The negotiations are over, it resulted in a deadlock and we have a certificate of non-revolution."

It will reveal whether or not it will go ahead with the strike that could paralyse production at the world's three biggest platinum producers.

"We're confirming the mandate for the members and from there we'll be able to tell you which direction we'll take."

Mathunjwa says members at Implats have reaffirmed the mandate to go on strike.