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Amcu rejects latest wage offer

Several businesses on the platinum belt have closed and companies and workers have lost billions.

FILE: Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa addresses hundreds of the union members during a march outside Impala Platinum's headquarters on 27 March 2014. Picture: Gis Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - More than three months into a crippling platinum wage strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the union's leadership have announced another overwhelming rejection of the latest offer by mine bosses.

About 70,000 Amcu mineworkers have been on strike at Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum Mines.

Since then several businesses on the platinum belt have been forced to close and companies and workers have lost billions of rands.

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa addressed a briefing in Johannesburg this morning and said the strike would continue, despite efforts by what he argued were ANC unions colluding with mine bosses to collapse the work stoppage.

"We call on the platinum sector to be patriotic and stop holding the country at ransom. Only an honourable settlement will end the strike."

Earlier Implats said it hoped Amcu would bring the strike to an end.