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Amplats guarantees Amcu a solution

The strike has financially hit the platinum sector for almost two months.

Amplats's Vishnu Pillay says the company wishes to re-enter negotiations with union leaders to end to the strike soon. Picture: Mia Lindique/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) assured the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) workers that it is committed to finding a 'lasting solution'.

Workers' grievances have resulted in a strike which has financially crippled the sector for almost two months.

Amcu members marched to Amplats's head offices in Johannesburg on Tuesday requesting the company to review its demand of R12,500 basic salary over a period of four years.

Picture: EWN.

Amplats's Vishnu Pillay, who accepted the memorandum from Amcu workers, said the company wishes to re-enter negotiations with union leaders to end the strike as soon as possible.

"We look forward to end this peacefully and we can assure you that under the leadership of your president we'll find a way forward together."

Despite this commitment from one mining house, there is no indication when and if talks will resume between Amcu and mining companies, including Lonmin and Implats, after negotiations were suspended indefinitely.

An estimated 80,000 miners downed tools in January costing mining houses more than R8 billion in revenue so far.

Amcu said its members have sacrificed enough to make mine bosses rich and it was time for the companies to show their appreciation by granting workers the wage increase they deserved.

Union president joseph Mathunjwa said, "A journey towards a living wage and decent employment begins now. We petition the company to join us in this transformation to endure a smooth transition that will benefit all parties."