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Mine wage talks suspended indefinitely

The strike by over 80,000 Amcu members is already in its seventh week.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa on the first day of the union's strike on the platinum belt in January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wage talks between platinum bosses and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have been suspended indefinitely, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) confirmed on Wednesday.

The union has been locked in negotiations with employers at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in a bid to end a strike which has crippled production at Amplats, Lonmin and Impala Platinum.

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

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

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole says although Amcu has revised its offer, its demands remain significantly above inflation.

"It's an offer Amplats is unable to afford."

Amplats has lost approximately 4,000 ounces of production, translating into R100 million of revenue value per day.

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

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