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Amcu asks Zuma to intervene

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

Thousands of Amcu members marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday. Picture: Mia Lindique/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has asked President Jacob Zuma to intervene in its wage dispute with platinum producers.

Workers have been on strike for more than a month demanding a R12,500 salary.

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

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa has taken their strike to a new level by calling on Zuma to listen to the workers' desperate plea for better wages.

But the president stressed during his last two State of the Nation Addresses how important stability in the mining sector was, saying strikes had a huge impact on investment and the country's economy.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa

But Mathunjwa says their demands are not unreasonable.

"We petition Zuma to act in the interests of the poor."

While workers have called for Zuma's help, they have also accused him of spending millions of the taxpayers' money to upgrade his Nkandla homestead while workers are struggling financially.

The strike in the platinum sector is now in its fifth week, with no end in sight after wage talks collapsed.

Pictures: EWN.

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