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Implats: Most miners willing to end strike

The company says some two-thirds of workers they have spoken to are willing to accept the officer.

Impala Platinum Mine. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The majority of striking workers are willing to accept the latest wage offer by employers, Impala Platinum ( Implats) said on Friday.

The mining company says most workers are also willing to return to work after the company explained what the latest offer entailed.

Some 30,000 platinum miners affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have been on a crippling wage strike over three months now.

They are demanding a basic salary of R12,500 a month.

Last week, Amcu said workers had rejected the latest offer following weekend talks.

Mining bosses wanted to increase wages to R12,500 within four years.

But Implats has now resorted to consulting with workers directly.

Company spokesperson Johan Theron says so far, the response has been encouraging.

"Two-thirds of the people that we've communicated with so far have indicated that they willing to come back on that settlement offer. We still need to interact with many more people, so the two-thirds I'm referring to probably speaks at this stage to about 25 percent of the people we've had feedback from."

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa on Thursday lashed out at mining bosses.

This after Anglo American Platinum ( Amplats) on Wednesday revealed they would approach workers directly in a bid to end the impasse.

Mathunjwa described the move as unfortunate and said it was not in-line with Labour Relations Act and furthermore, it violated the right for workers to be organised.

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

It is still not clear if Amplats has made any progress on the matter.