Amcu won't budge on wage demands

The Amcu president says bosses are not aware of the financial plight of their workers.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says even though the country's economy may be suffering due to strikes, it wants workers' wage demands to be met.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa, who addressed the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, spoke about issues plaguing the platinum sector as workers demand a R12,500 basic salary.

A strike in the platinum sector, involving more than 100,000 mineworkers, has been dragging on for three weeks.

Mathunjwa says even though the country's economy is taking strain, bosses earning fat salaries are not realising the financial plight of their workers.

Striking mineworkers. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

He reiterated the fact that miners perform manual labour 3,000 metres underground and earn less than R6,000 a month.

The Amcu president also dismissed the estimated R400 million per day losses as an exaggeration by the platinum firms.

"This time we are saying let's have a sacrifice once and for all that will give our children a better future rather than taking this to the next generation."

At the moment there's a 'no work no pay' policy in place, which may cause miners to turn to loan sharks to make it through the month.

The police presence has increased at Anglo Platinum's Rustenburg mine as workers strike. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

Meanwhile, talks to end the strike have been adjourned without a settlement being reached.

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

The CCMA's Nerine Kahn says, "Progress has been made. The parties have now adjourned the process by mutual agreement in order for the parties to meet separately with the commissioners and work on processes and resolutions."