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amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that dozens of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members on Saturday joined the EFF for its manifesto launch in Soshanguve.  

This could be the strongest indication yet that the 250,000 member strong union is leaning towards throwing its support behind the EFF ahead of the national polls in May this year.  Amcu members arrived at the stadium in their green attire, but were encouraged to change into the EFF’s signature red t-shirts.  Amcu has been searching for a political home for years, with its president Joseph Mathunjwa indicating in January that they would “leverage their power” in an election by throwing their support behind a party which would best represent their interests.  In its 2014 election manifesto, the EFF supported Amcu’s call for a R12,500 monthly minimum wage in the mining sector.  SA’s high unemployment rate has seen political parties scrambling for policy interventions to unlock capacity in labour absorptive sectors of the economy.  The ANC promised at its manifesto launch in Durban recently that it would create 275,000 jobs annually.

  • Read Theto Mahlakoana’s report on this story in full at BusinessLive

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