Calls for arbitration in platinum strike

The SA Attorneys Association says the effects of the platinum strike on the economy are concerning.

Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Attorneys Association has called on the Minister of Mineral Resources to persuade the parties in the platinum strike to agree to arbitration.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the world's top three platinum producers remain at loggerheads over how to end the five-month long wage strike that's brought the mining industry to its knees.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa has been holding meetings at the Impala, Lonmin and Amplats mines this week after talks broke down again.

Association chairman Praveen Sham said the effects of the platinum strike on the economy were seriously concerning.

He argued arbitration should be used to reach a middle ground settlement.

"Arbitration is obviously the way to go."

Sham added the association's lawyers would also be available to mediate.

"There are attorneys experienced in arbitration and mediators."

Amcu said the companies had not yet met them halfway in the talks, while the mining bosses say they have nothing more to give.