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MathunjwaANA reports that construction workers employed at two Lonmin shafts in Marikana want Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa to intervene in their wage dispute.  

“We are members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) working at East 1 and West 1.  We want Mr Mathunjwa to come and help us because our region is not doing anything to help us.  The branch leadership had been doing their best to assist us, but everything stalls when the matter was referred to the region.  We do not get any feedback or any progress on the wage matter,” said one of the workers’ leaders.  A large number of workers gathered in Wonderkop in a closed meeting to discuss their problems.  They said they were expecting to get a wage increase by 1 July, but since February they have been told that negotiations were continuing.  They also want to be paid the same amount as their counterparts employed by Lonmin.  “We are doing the same job as Lonmin employees but were are paid different.  The lowest paid worker takes home R4,800 per month while Lonmin workers get more than R10,000 per month,” the leader claimed.  He said the lowest paid worker should take home at least R7,000.

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