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Mathunjwa: Unions won't back down

The Amcu president says miners won’t end their strike until they get a basic wage of R12,500.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa on Wednesday said it remains unclear how long the strike in the platinum sector will last.

The union is demanding a minimum entry level salary of R12,500 per month.

Mathunjwa made the comments while addressing the Cape Town Press Club earlier in the day.

He is adamant union bosses will not back down on their demands for a living wage.

The Amcu leader reiterates the cost of living is increasing, but salaries are remaining stagnant.

Mathunjwa says many workers cannot afford to feed their families.

He adds mining CEOs are earning fat salaries while workers are slaving three kilometres underground in sweltering temperatures.

Mathunjwa says the sooner an agreement is reached, the sooner South Africa's economy will stabilise.