Mine wage talks adjourned

Talks to end the 3-week strike have been adjourned without a settlement being reached.

Talks to end the 3-week strike have been adjourned without a settlement being reached. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Talks to end a three-week long wage strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction (Amcu) at the three biggest platinum producers have been adjourned without a settlement being reached.

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

Amplats miners preparing to go on strike. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) says it will resume individual talks with the parties from next week.

CCMA director Nerine Kahn said, "There has been progress, the parties have adjourned the process by mutual agreement in order for the parties to meet separately with the commissioners to work on resolutions."

Meanwhile, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa on Wednesday said it remained unclear how long the strike in the platinum sector would last.

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

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

Mathunjwa said many workers cannot afford to feed their families.