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Amcu: Platinum strike will continue

Amcu's leadership says the platinum sector strike will go on until wage demands are met.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa on the first day of the union's strike on the platinum belt on 23 January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)'s Leader Joseph Mathunjwa says the strike in the platinum sector will continue until a reasonable wage has been offered to its members.

The strike at the country's three platinum producers is in its fourth week and the union says it's sticking to its R12,500 demand.

Meanwhile, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is suing the union for R591 million for losses it suffered due to the intimidation of non-striking employees.

Mathunjwa maintains the strike has been peaceful and that this legal action isn't necessary.

"The strike was not about the violence. The strike was about changing the lives of our members. The strike will be ended by the conclusion of the agreement between the parties and R12,500 is not big money. These companies can afford it."

Talks mediated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) continue this week.