Platinum producers to meet with Amcu

Amplats, Implats and Lonmin have presented the union with a revised wage offer.

FILE: Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa addresses striking miners in Johannesburg. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The world's three biggest platinum producers are expected to meet with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) today to discuss a new wage offer aimed at ending the protracted strike in the sector.

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin are offering a R12,500 salary to workers by mid-2017.

Amcu members still have to decide whether they are satisfied with the new offer or if they'll continue striking.

The union has established a fund to help workers who haven't been paid for more than three months now.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa says the union will carefully calculate the new offer before presenting it to members.

Mining bosses have raised concerns about the strike which is now in its third month.

Over R13 billion has already been lost as a result of the mass action.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole says she hopes the new offer will finally bring an end to the strike.

"We would like to urge Amcu to consider the offer seriously."

Sithole says the strike is not only threatening the platinum sector, but has also affected the families and health of the miners.

"We are aware of the hardship the employees are facing as well as their families and communities."

Amplats says the new offer will see entry level underground employees receiving an annual salary of R150,000.This will include holiday, living out and other allowances.

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