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Amcu to meet with platinum bosses

Miners gave Amcu's leadership a mandate to accept a R1,000 salary hike.

Workers at Lonmin, Impala and Anglo gave the Amcu's leadership a mandate to accept a R1,000 salary hike. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is expected to meet with platinum producers this morning to discuss a principle agreement endorsed by its members who have been on strike for five months.

Workers at Lonmin, Impala and Anglo American Platinum yesterday gave the union's leadership a mandate to accept a R1,000 salary hike for the lowest paid workers implemented over three years.

But they've only agreed to end the strike if the companies improve their living out allowance increases and re-instate essential services staff.

Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa said his union changed South Africa's mining industry forever, but the deal has not yet been signed and the strike is still on.

"The R800 they were offering was rejected and they said R1,000 for basic salary excluding living expenses, so we didn't accept that."

Mathunjwa said the workers are now willing to accept a R1,000 even though some of them won't achieve what they hoped for.

"There will be workers who can receive a salary of R12,000 in three years and some will still be left behind."

The principle agreement was welcomed from most corners and an official statement is expected from the companies later today.

Amcu warned that any restructuring or job losses on the platinum belt after the strikes would be a deal breaker.

Yesterday, the South African Attorneys Association called on the Minister of Mineral Resources to persuade the parties in the platinum strike to agree to arbitration.

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