Amcu strike enters third week

While talks over wages in the mining sector resume, mineworkers continue to protest.

The Amcu strike in the platinum sector has entered its third week. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) strike in the platinum sector enters its third week, with talks set to resume tomorrow to discuss a wage proposal by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Workers at Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin have downed tools, demanding a R12,500 minimum monthly salary.

The CCMA's Nerine Kahn says talks continued on Friday and Saturday and now Amcu and the platinum producers are taking time to discuss the way forward.

"Parties will return on Tuesday to respond to the mediators' proposal

Miners are adamant that they won't settle for anything less than a R12,500 salary despite employers saying this is unrealistic.

Companies have indicated less than 5 percent of workers have been reporting for duty over the past week and this is putting major strain on production levels and industry as a whole.

Meanwhile North West Premier Thandi Modise says she is disappointed that striking workers have been intimidating those who want to go to work.