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Amcu miners reject latest offer

Striking miners have declined an offer by the world's three largest platinum producers.

Hundreds of striking Amcu miners wait patiently to hear what the latest offer is from platinum producers on 12 June 2014. Picture: Reinart Torrien/EWN.

MARIKANA - Striking miners belonging to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have declined an offer by the world's three largest platinum producers.

Earlier today, Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum announced they had reached an "agreement in principle" with union bosses that they hoped would bring an end to the country's longest ever mining strike.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa then took the deal to union members at all three mines in the North West to receive their mandate.

At a meeting at Wonderkop Stadium in Marikana this afternoon, other union leaders received rapturous applause when they shouted, " Sign, Mathunjwa, sign!"

However, when the meeting wrapped up, Mathunjwa said the members had decided to prolong the strike.

He says their action will only come to an end once companies offer a R1,000 salary increase to Amcu members.

The union leader says the mine bosses have refused to increase the living out allowance to match inflation as the union demanded and that the reinstatement of more than 200 essential service staff dismissed by Lonmin is non-negotiable.

Mathunjwa will now return to the companies with the demands.

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