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CCMA hits back at chamber

The commission expressed its concerns in writing to Chamber of Mines CEO Bheki Sibiya.

Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members during a wage dispute strike. Picture: Mia Lindique/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Chamber of Mines should retract comments made by its chief negotiator, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration ( CCMA) said on Monday.

The chamber, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the CCMA have been locked in wage talks to end a strike in the platinum sector.

The commission expressed its concerns in writing to Chamber of Mines CEO Bheki Sibiya.

It hit back at views expressed by negotiator Elize Strydom in a weekend newspaper.

She questioned the competency of the mediation body.

The negotiator questioned the CCMA's ability to mediate between platinum company bosses and the Amcu.

More than 80,000 Amcu members from the Amplats, Lonmin and Impala Platinum mines have been on strike for eight weeks now, demanding a minimum monthly wage of R12,500.

The CCMA says Strydom has unjustly accused it of misconduct and incompetence, saying it's regrettable the chamber decided to use the media to air its criticism.

Meanwhile, experts believe the ongoing strike has cost the industry an estimated R400 million daily.

Amcu issued strike notices to companies in both the platinum and gold sectors in January.

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