Amcu won’t attend meeting

The union president will instead lead a march to Impala Platinum’s Johannesburg headquarters.

FILE: Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa will instead lead a march to Impala Platinum’s Johannesburg headquarters. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) won't attend a consultative forum on stability in the mining sector, union president Joseph Mathunjwa said on Wednesday.

Instead, he will lead a march by thousands of mineworkers to the head offices of Impala Platinum in Johannesburg.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe convened the forum following a spate of illegal strikes that crippled the industry.

Thursday's meeting between unions, mine bosses and government will be the first one for 2014.

It also takes place as Amcu continues its wage strike that's already cost more than R15 billion in production and earnings.

Mathunjwa says marching is more urgent at this stage.

Motlanthe's spokesman Thabo Masebe says they've not been informed of Amcu's intention to boycott the meeting.

"We expect that they will send communication if they if they are unable to send anybody to the meeting but for now, we expect all the parties to attend the meeting."

Amcu is demanding a basic wage of R12,500 over four years, but Anglo Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum say this is unaffordable and amounts to a 30 percent increase.