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Nedlac concerned about platinum strike

Nedlac has called for an end to the four-month wage strike as it reaches a dangerous impasse.

Nedlac has called for an end to the four-month wage strike as it reaches a dangerous impasse. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) has called for an end to the four-month platinum wage strike in the North West, saying it' is greatly concerned by a breakdown in talks between the parties.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and representatives of Anglo Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum broke negotiations as reports of intimidation and violence increased at their mines.

Amcu members have been on strike since January and are demanding a minimum salary of R12,500.

The strike is estimated to have cost the companies close to R20 billion while workers have lost nearly R10 billion.

Nedlac director Alistair Smith said the strike had now reached a dangerous impasse.

"It has reached a dangerous stage now so it's necessary that the parties get back to the table to try and bring the situation to normality as soon as possible."

Video: Police crack down on violence in Marikana.

Meanwhile, Amcu leaders said rival unions could be involved in an apparent hit list in Marikana and were using it as an underhanded tactic to paint Amcu as a vigilante group.

Weekend reports claimed that the document contained the names of miners who had broken away from Amcu's wage strike, including three men who were killed last week.

The union's leader Joseph Mathunjwa claimed union members were only on the receiving end of violence since the start of the strike in January.

All pictures in this story are by EWN.