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Holomisa urges Amcu to continue striking

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa believes Amcu should continue its fight for better pay.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa believes Amcu should continue its fight for better pay. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says he sympathises with the hardship of striking Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members saying he supports their struggle to better pay.

Holomisa was campaigning at the Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg on Saturday.

He also donated R10,000 to Amcu's strike fund aimed at helping mineworkers.

More than 80,000 Amcu members went on strike in January, demanding a R12,500 basic salary, but mine companies are offering an increases of between seven and 9.5 percent.

The mass action has already cost the companies more than R13 billion while employees have lost R6 billion.

Holomisa urged Amcu members not to abandon the strike.

"I encourage them to be in solidarity in what they are fighting for and not to be tempted by divisive tactics."