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amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the “shockingly low” offer Sibanye-Stillwater has put on the table in the current platinum wage negotiations was an attempt to provoke workers into a strike.  

In a media briefing on current wage negations with three platinum producers, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said “steady, slow progress” was being made.  The offers on the table for a three-year wage agreement varied from R1,000 in the first year, offered by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), to R800 from Impala Platinum and R700 for Sibanye’s Rustenburg operations (acquired from Amplats).  An offer of R1,000 indicated there was light at the end of the tunnel, Mathunjwa said.  However, Sibanye has made a separate wage offer in relation to its recently acquired Lonmin operations, starting with a R300 increase in the first year, R350 in the second and R400 in the third.  Mathunjwa commented:  “We are utterly disappointed with the offer at Sibanye-Stillwater/Lonmin.  It’s a slap in the face, it’s an insult to workers.  We believe Sibanye is trying to provoke us into a strike.”  On Tuesday, Amcu adjusted its wage demand down to an increase of R1,500 a year over three-years for category A and B workers, and 10% a year over three years for skilled workers.

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