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No end in sight for platinum strike

Around 80,000 Amcu members are demanding a basic salary of R12,500 per month.

Close to 80,000 Amcu members have been on strike for eight weeks.  Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members in the platinum belt on Monday entered its eighth week.

Workers at three North West mining companies remain defiant, despite calls for them to return to their posts.

Close to 80,000 miners are on strike in the platinum sector and are demanding a basic salary of R12,500 per month.

But this has been rejected by Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin who have offered between 7 and 10 percent pay hikes.

According to the mining companies, Amcu's demand essentially amounts to a 30 percent wage increase.

The union's Evans Ramokga claims incidents of intimidation of non-striking workers have stopped.

"We have been making sure as leaders that everything goes hand-in-hand with the law, even the police can attest to that."

Platinum producers have lost over R8 billion since the strike began on 23 January.

Earlier this month, Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa called on President Jacob Zuma to listen to the workers.