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Amcu gives Impala deadline

Joseph Mathunjwa says the company has until next Saturday to respond to wage demands.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa delivers a speech during the handing of memorandum at the Impala Platinum's headquarters in Johannesburg on 27 March 2014. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members have given Impala Platinum bosses until 5 April to respond to their wage demands.

Hundreds of union members marched to the company's headquarters in Illovo on Thursday to hand over a memorandum of demands.

About 80,000 Amcu members have been on strike at Implats, Lonmin and Amplats since January, demanding a basic salary of R12,500 a month.

Union leader Joseph Mathunjwa says Impala Platinum has until next Saturday to respond to their demands.

He says the strike in the platinum sector will continue, with possible marches to Anglo American Platinum, Parliament and even the US Embassy.

Mathunjwa says mining bosses are making major profits, yet they are still not paying their workers a living wage.

Despite workers not being paid since January, the strike is continuing, making it the longest industrial standoff in the sector.

The crippling strike was not discussed at a mining forum in Pretoria, Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu said on Thursday.

She says the issue is being handled by the parties involved.

The forum was established in June 2013 to bring government, mining houses and labour unions together on a quarterly basis.

The minister said they discussed violence at mines, living conditions and investment in the sector.

Shabangu says they couldn't discuss the strike because there are already processes in place between the relevant companies, unions and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

All pictures in this story are courtesy of EWN.