Platinum wage negotiations to resume

Amcu is demanding a basic salary of R12,500 for miners.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa on the first day of the union's strike on the platinum belt on 23 January. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wage negotiations between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and platinum producers are expected to resume today.

On Monday, the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) said employers had requested additional time to consider and consult their constituencies.

The mediation process is aimed at resolving Amcu's strike at Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum, and Impala Platinum.

Amcu is demanding a basic salary of R12,500 for miners, but it's understood offers tabled at the negotiations much lower than expected.

About 80,000 Amcu members have been on strike for almost a month now, which has almost halted South Africa's platinum production.

The strike has been marred by violence with more than 14 vehicles damaged by protesters since it started.

An Amcu shop steward was killed on Saturday in a clash with police at an Amplats mine.

The world's biggest platinum producer said the worker was killed in a "violent outbreak" when police tried to clear a barricaded road leading to the company's Union mine in the Limpopo province.

One worker was also left in a critical condition in hospital after being assaulted at the company's Khuseleka mine last week.