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Amcu: Platinum strike ends

The union’s general secretary said the nearly six-month long wage strike has come to an end.

Amcu members sing and dance at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg ahead of the briefing by union leader Joseph Mathunjwa on 23 June 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

MARIKANA - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) general secretary Jeff Mphahlele on Monday said the nearly six-month long wage strike on the platinum belt has come to an end.

He made the comments at a mass meeting in the North West province this afternoon.

Around 70,000 Amcu members at Lonmin, Implats and Amplats went on strike in January demanding an entry-level salary of R12,500 a month.

South Africa accounts for 40 percent of global platinum output.

The strike hit the country's overall GDP, pushing it into contraction in the first quarter of the year.

Thousands of striking workers gathered in Rustenburg since early this morning.

Amcu's senior leadership announced the details of the agreement that appeared to have been struck with mine bosses.

It now seems as if miners will return to work in the coming days.

Mphahlele said the settlement reached by the union was a victory for the entire country.

"Comrades, you've made history in South Africa. This victory is not just for us but for the entire country."

A photograph of a wage agreement between Amcu and platinum mines, 23 June 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

Earlier, Amcu members gave the strongest indication yet that their union would accept the latest offer.

Amcu shaft stewards told Eyewitness News a consensus was reached among its members.

Amcu members walk around the Royal Bafokeng Stadium near Rustenburg with a coffin reading 'rest in peace NUM and Cosatu' at the union's mass meeting on 23 June 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

As the union president arrived, most of the people rose to their feet and applauded him.

Joseph Mathunjwa was flanked by union leaders, Bishop Johannes Seoka and lawyers from the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

The Amcu president walked around the stadium and greeted workers with his fist in the air while the workers chanted yes.

Mathunjwa is expected to brief members on the wage deal and is also expected to touch on Monday's Labour Court ruling, denying the union permission to strike in the gold sector.

The strike cost the industry over R23,4 billion in lost earnings.

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