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Amplats ‘ready to talk’ to Amcu

The platinum producer says it's ready to re-enter talks to end the seven-week long strike.

Amplats has signed a memorandum of grievances from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has signed a memorandum of grievances from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), announcing that it's now ready to re-enter talks with the union to bring an end to an seven-week long strike.

Mineworkers marched to Amplats offices in Johannesburg on Tuesday to hand over the memorandum.

Amcu has asked Amplats to partner with the mining union to bring an end to what it calls "exploitative slavery".

Members are demanding the employer reconsider their R12,500 salary demand over a four-year period.

Amcu president Joseph Mthunjwa demanded the matter be taken seriously by Amplats bosses.

"The foundation of this building [Amplats offices] is built on the blood and sweat of the black mineworkers. You cannot send your clerk or your cleaner to receive this memorandum. We forewarn you, we'll sleep here."

Talks to resolve the labour issue collapsed last week and were suspended indefinitely by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said although Amcu had revised its offer, its demands remained significantly above inflation.

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

The strike is in its seventh week now and Amplats has lost approximately 4,000 ounces of production, translating into R100 million in revenue value per day since it began.

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

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