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Talks between Amcu and bosses 'positive'

The CCMA says talks between mine bosses and Amcu have been very positive.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members listen to Joseph Mathunjwa ahead of the union's strike on the platinum belt on 23 January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has described the first set of talks between mine bosses and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) as "very positive " with talks to bring the labour strike to an end resuming on Monday.

Amcu is demanding a R12,500 salary for entry level workers as the strike enters its third day.

Talks with mine companies Amplats, Implats and Lonmin are set down until Wednesday.

The CCMA's director Nerine Kahn says all parties recognized the importance of finding a mediated solution.

"Obviously the demand that's being made by the union is still on the table and that's the issue that needs to be resolved. Obviously the parties are trying to make sure there's a smooth running of operations in so far as the people who are not striking and also in relation to making sure that there are no incidents of violence."