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Amcu still willing to negotiate

Around 100,000 miners are expected to go on strikes which could cripple the platinum sector.

Joseph Mathunjwa says they haven't heard from employers and will issue a strike notice today. Picture: Gia Nocolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says it's still willing to negotiate with mining bosses to avert strike action in the platinum sector this week.

Amcu members voted in favour of the mass action during a meeting in Rustenburg during the weekend.

Around 100,000 miners from Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin are set to down tools from Thursday.

They're demanding a minimum of R12,500 per month despite employers saying they can't afford this.

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa says they haven't heard from employers and are issuing a strike notice today.

"We haven't heard anything from them, but we are waiting for them. If they call us we will avail ourselves to see what they have to offer."

Analysts say a prolonged strike could cripple the platinum industry.