Amplats present Amcu with new offer
Amplats has offered to increase entry level salaries to R12,500 by July 2017.
JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has presented the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) with a new offer in a bid to end the three-month-long strike on the platinum belt.
The strike is in its twelfth week with no end in sight after the union launched a special fund to sustain its members.
The company has offered to increase entry level salaries to R12,500 by July 2017.
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.
The strike at three of the world's major platinum producers has cost the companies an estimated R12 billion and nearly R6 billion has been lost in wages by workers
Meanwhile, the union has confirmed it has sent most of its members back to their homes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho for the Easter weekend as the stay-away begins to take its toll on the miners' families.
On Tuesday, Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa announced R1 million had already been deposited into the strike fund and more money was expected from international donors sympathetic to the union's cause.