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Amcu hands over list of demands

The union called on the North West police chief and the mineral resources minister to step down.

FILE: Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Thursday called on the North West police chief and mineral resources minister to step down.

The union is also calling on the labour minister to stop trying disband Amcu.

Thousands of union members marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday afternoon.

Amcu members have been on strike for more than a month, demanding salaries in the platinum sector be increased to R12,500 over three years.

Union president Joseph Mathunjwa read out a long list of demands.

He claims police have been treating workers affiliated to the union in an unfair manner.

Mathunjwa also claims the state is colluding with mining bosses and foreign investors while attempting to destroy the union.

Speaking at the Union Buildings, the Amcu president said police were targeting members despite the fact that the strike is legal.

"All weapons at their disposal, including rubber bullets and live ammunition, are at hand to attack Amcu members in a military fashion."

The union says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is colluding with mining bosses.

A representative from the Presidency accepted the memorandum of demands from protesters.

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