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Amcu to march to Lonmin's offices

Amcu members have also threatened to march to Parliament if their wage demands are not met.

FILE: Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa addresses strikers at Implats' headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) are expected to descend on Lonmin's Johannesburg offices this morning as the mining union's campaign for higher wages continues.

The union has also threatened to march to Parliament if its demands are not met.

Around 80,000 Amcu members have been on strike in the platinum sector since January, demanding a basic salary of R12,500 per month.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa has accused employers of being arrogant.

"The employers left the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration so they have to settle the strike through an agreement. They are trying to break the strike and that won't work."

Last week, union members delivered a memorandum to Impala Platinum at the company's Illovo headquarters.

Meanwhile, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of grievances from Amcu, announcing that it was ready to re-enter talks with the union to bring an end to the strike.

Mineworkers marched to the company's 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".

Mining bosses say the strike has caused irreparable harm with losses estimated at around R10 billion.

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