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Anglo Platinum accused of double standards

Around 3,000 Numsa members downed tools at Amplats on Monday, demanding more pay.

FILE: Numsa has accused Anglo Platinum in Rustenburg of disrespecting their wage negotiations and being more concerned with the Amcu strike at the mine. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has accused Anglo Platinum in Rustenburg of disrespecting wage negotiations.

Around 3,000 Numsa members downed tools at Amplats on Monday, demanding more pay.

But since then talks with the company have stalled.

Numsa's Jerry Morulane claims Anglo Platinum is more concerned with the ongoing Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) strike at the mine.

"The engagement between management currently seems to be focusing on one side which is the Amcu side and we believe that there should be other engagement between the Anglo management and Numsa."

Meanwhile, an Amcu shop steward has been killed in a clash with police at the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine in Limpopo.

The worker was killed in a "violent outbreak" when police tried to clear a barricaded road leading to the company's Union mine.

The death of the Amcu steward is likely to keep tensions high in the platinum mines, many of which have been at a standstill since the Amcu-led strike started around three weeks ago.

Workers are demanding a R12,500 minimum monthly salary.

Amplats said the strike was becoming increasingly violent, with more than 14 vehicles damaged by protesters since it started and one worker in a critical condition in hospital after being assaulted at the company's Khuseleka mine this week.

The two other companies affected by the strike are Impala Platinum and Lonmin.