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Platinum companies: Miners returning to work

Striking Amcu members are demanding a basic R12,000 monthly salary.

Striking Amcu members are demanding a basic R12,000 monthly salary. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - There has been a significant upsurge in the number of people returning to work on the platinum belt, the world's top three platinum companies said on Wednesday.

This despite a protracted wage strike by workers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Union members went on strike in January demanding an entry-level salary of R12,500.

Last week, employers reached an agreement, in principal, with Amcu and the signing of an agreement seemed imminent.

But mine bosses said the union tabled additional demands that were not in the original agreement.

The fresh demands are believed to be related to allowances, a once-off payment and the time frame over which the deal would be implemented.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said, "Rustenburg has picked up in terms of people coming back, hoping to return to work."

Earlier on Wednesday, Amplats called on Amcu to return to the terms of its in principle agreeme nt to end the strike.

It is believed the additional conditions are holding up the signing of the deal.

Video: Amcu strike end in sight?