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Amcu to take wage offer to members

Amplats, Implats and Lonmin have raised their offer to a minimum salary of R12,500 by 2017.

FILE: Amcu members listen to Joseph Mathunjwa ahead of the union's strike on the platinum belt on 23 January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Leaders of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) are expected to take a new wage offer to its members as soon as possible in attempts to bring an end to the platinum sector strike which is in its 12th week.

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin raised their offer to a minimum salary of R12,500 per month by 2017.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole says the companies have been in talks with Amcu leaders this week and hope the union will accept the offer.

"Cash remuneration for the employees would rise between 7.5 percent to about 10 percent across the various employee categories. The relevant allowances will rise in line with inflation."

The strike has cost the platinum sector over R13 billion since workers downed tools in January.

Amplats says the new offer will see entry level underground employees receiving an annual salary of R150,000.

It includes holiday, living out and other allowances.

The company says issues such as workers' living conditions will be addressed through a joint task team.

Meanwhile,Amcu has arranged buses for members who have been participating in the almost three month long strike to visit their families this Easter weekend.