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Platinum producers to approach Amcu

Platinum producers say they will approach the union directly after negotiations collapsed.

FILE: Amcu members march to Lonmin's Johannesburg headquarters on 3 April. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Platinum producers, hit hard by a three-month wage strike, say they will now approach striking mine workers directly with their latest offer after negotiations with union leaders collapsed.

Over 80,000 members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) downed tools in January, demanding a R12,500 per month salary.

Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Impala Platinum have offered to phase in this amount by mid-2017.

Negotiations resumed this week in Johannesburg but the parties yesterday failed to come to an agreement.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole says platinum producers have recommended that Amcu accept the offer.

"We are urging Amcu's leadership to consider the economic position of the industry and that of the companies as well as the dire consequences the employees are undergoing as a result of the strike."

The three-month long strike has already cost the companies over R13 billion while employees have lost R6 billion in wages.

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

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