Cosatu offers to help Amcu

Sidumo Dlamini has urged Joseph Mathunjwa to be sensitive to the needs of workers.

Amcu miners march to Lonmin's headquarters in Melrose Arch on 3 April. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President Sidumo Dlamini has called for an end to the strike in the platinum belt and urged the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)'s President Joseph Mathunjwa to be sensitive to the needs of the workers.

Dlamini, who addressed thousands of people at a May Day rally in Polokwane yesterday said the federation is willing to mediate between mining companies and the union to resolve the impasse.

Amcu has rejected the latest offer from the platinum producers and is sticking to its demand of R12,500 per month, extending a crippling 14-week stoppage.

Dlamini said the strike should not be allowed to be indefinite warning it could cripple the platinum belt.

"The strike has continued for too long.We call upon employers to respond to those demands."

Dlamini said the trade union federation is willing to assist Amcu in resolving the wage deadlock.

"But you must be willing to be assisted by Cosatu we aren't your enemy."

He said both the union and mine companies should be sensitive to the plight of workers.

The strike has hit 40 percent of global platinum production and threatens growth in Africa's most advanced economy.