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Amcu strike enters fourth day

The CCMA expects talks between Amcu and mining houses to continue until Wednesday.

The CCMA says it expects talks between Amcu and mining houses to continue until Wednesday. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There's still no end in sight for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's (Amcu) mass strike in the platinum sector which today enters day four.

Amcu members went on strike last week demanding an entry level salary of R12,500 for miners at Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin.

Striking workers at Anglo Platinum's Rustenburg mine. Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) says it expects talks between Amcu and mining houses to continue until Wednesday.

While CEOs and union leaders aren't participating, chief negotiators from all sides are desperately trying to reach an agreement.

Mining lawyer Peter Leon says the impact of the strike depends on its duration.

"The question is how long the strike goes on. If you look at what happened in Marikana the strikes spread to other sectors across the country and cost the industry R10 billion."

Mining bosses have warned that a prolonged strike will not only affect the mines but also the workers themselves.

Furthermore, North West Premier Thandi Modise on Monday called on Amcu and mining houses to bring an end to the wage dispute.

Modise called for an end to the violence where it was alleged that striking workers were intimidating non-striking workers.