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Amcu not opposed to Amplats sale

But Joseph Mathunjwa says he would prefer that the mines were bought by the state.

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says while it has no problem with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) selling off some of its platinum mines, it is disappointed that it wasn't consulted before the announcement was made and it will do whatever it takes to protect the interests of its union members.

Amplats last month announced plans to sell off some of its operations in Rustenburg and Limpopo as part of a massive restructuring programme.

There are concerns that the sale could lead to massive job losses but this has been downplayed by Amcu, which is the majority union at Amplats.

The union's President Joseph Mathunjwa says Amcu learned of the platinum producer's decision to sell some of its mines through the media but they are still willing to set up a meeting with the platinum giant to discuss the move.

He says Amcu is not opposed to the sale because Amplats has the right to sell to whomever it wants.

Mathunjwa says he would prefer a situation where the mines were bought by the state.

The union boss says they have not yet finalised a date for the meeting.