Amcu, platinum bosses resume talks

The strike by more than 80,000 Amcu members is already in its fifth week.

FILE: Police presence is increased at Anglo American Platinum's Rustenburg mines on 23 January as Amcu members prepare to go on strike. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Negotiations between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and platinum bosses resumed at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) following a deadlock last week.

A strike by more than 80,000 Amcu members is already in its fifth week and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum and Lonmin have refused to increase their wage offer.

The companies have offered pay increases of between seven and 9,5 percent.

Amcu members are demanding a basic salary of R12,500 a month.

The CCMA's Laura Mseme says both parties are in talks.

"Mediation is currently underway and the parties are being represented by high-level delegations."

Last week, Amcu and Amplats squared off in the Labour Court.

This as Amplats attempted to have Amcu leaders arrested or fined for allegedly intimidating non-striking workers.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Cape, the families of thousands of mineworkers are appealing to the platinum companies to reach a settlement.

Last week, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) met with Lonmin executives in a bid to fast-track the matter.

Contralesa President Setlamorago Thobejane says the strike has had a devastating knock-on effect.

"When they're doing well, all of us are surviving here. But once there's a strike, there's no income into these homes and none of us have money. When next door doesn't have breakfast, the children will go to the next family."