Amcu: Mine bosses must give in

Amplats on Tuesday agreed to re-enter talks with the union in a bid to resolve the impasse.

Amcu members during a wage strike. Picture: Mia Lindique/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - If mine bosses want stability to return to the volatile platinum sector they'll have to give in to demands, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Tuesday.

Striking workers are demanding basic salaries of R12,500 a month.

About 80,000 mineworkers at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) , Lonmin and Impala Platinum started their wage strike seven weeks ago.

Amplats on Tuesday agreed to re-enter talks with the union.

This after workers marched to the company's offices Johannesburg to hand over a memorandum of grievances.

Amplats' Vishnu Pillay accepted the memorandum, saying the company wants to find a solution to the impasse.

"I can assure you that under the leadership of your president, we will find a way forward, together."

Union leaders say they will now wait for a formal invitation to return to the negotiating table.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa says Amplats CEO Chris Griffith took home a hefty R17,3 million annual salary last year, while workers have been told the mines simply cannot afford to pay them more.

"It would take the average mineworker 37 lifetimes to earn the salary earned by the CEO in one year."

Amcu is refusing to lower its demand further after adjusting it to a R12,500 salary demand calculated over a period of four years.

Workers say they cannot afford to feed their families while mine bosses walk away with the profits of their hard work.

Talks to resolve the dispute collapsed last week.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) indefinitely suspended talks.