Amcu lashes out at mining bosses

The union has criticised Amplats’ decision to visit workers at their homes.

FILE:Amcu has criticised Anglo American’s door to door move to its employees in their homes about wage offers. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leader Joseph Mathunjwa on Thursday lashed out at mining bosses.

Anglo American Platinum ( Amplats) on Wednesday revealed they would approach workers directly in a bid to end a crippling three-month long wage strike in the platinum sector.

The mining giant said it would do this by embarking a door-to-door campaign in the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and Mozambique.

Amplats says this is to explain the contents of its latest wage offer.

Earlier this week, Amcu leaders said the offer was rejected following wage talks last week.

Mathunjwa says the move by Amplats is unfortunate.

"It's not in-line with the spirit of the Labour Relations Act in terms of bargaining processes. Furthermore, these workers have a right to be organised."

Amcu further says Amplats has created an opportunity for instability to flare up again on the

platinum belt by directly approaching its members.

Union members are demanding a R12,500 monthly salary.

"For the employer to approach the individual members of Amcu is tantamount to union bashing and that could also cause instability at mines.