Amcu awaits new offer from mines

The union is demanding a minimum salary of R12,500 for miners.

FILE: Amcu members listen to the union’s President Joseph Mathunjwa at Wonderkop Stadium on the first day of the cross-company platinum strike on 23 January. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says talks to end a wage strike in the platinum sector have resumed and a new offer from mine bosses is expected today.

The union began talks with representatives from Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum last week after thousands of its members embarked on a wage strike.

Amcu is demanding a basic wage of R12,500 for miners, an amount that's been described by role players in the industry as unaffordable.

Amcu spokesperson Jimmy Gama says it's too early to tell if the talks will yield positive results.

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

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."