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Amcu refutes ‘strike fund’ allegations

Mine workers at Lonmin, Amplats and Implats have been on strike since January.

FILE: Thousands of Amcu mineworkers marched to Lonmin’s headquarters in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, as they entered the 10th week of their strike for higher wages on 3 April 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa has dismissed suggestions that a "strike fund" set up to support its members in the platinum industry has strangled the union financially.

Mine workers at Lonmin, Amplats and Implats have been on strike since January demanding a minimum salary of R12,500.

Mathunjwa says that as long as mine bosses refuse to meet their demand the strike will continue.

He says the fund will help workers financially as they continue with their fight to transform the sector.

"Amcu as an organisation has donated R1 million when the Amcu office bearers and staff have donated R50,000 towards this account."

Earlier this month thousands of Amcu members marched to Lonmin's head office in Johannesburg where Mathunjwa addressed them for two hours on the state of the strike

Mathunjwa said Lonmin CEO Ben Magara promised workers a basic wage of R12,500 and the time had come for him to deliver.