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amcu thumb medium80 81Business Report writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has backed down on its initial demand for a 48% monthly wage hike at platinum producers after members gave the union a new mandate to seek an increase of R1, 500 a year.  

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa indicated on Monday that at a mass meeting at Lonmin last week, members opted for a R1,500 increase for three years, dumping the increase to R17,000 a month in one go for the lowest-paid workers in the sector.  In June, the union announced the R17,000 demand, saying it had abandoned its signature demand of R12,500, as it had been eroded by inflation.  Amcu has declared a dispute with big producers such as Sibanye-Stillwater and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), but Sibanye-Stillwater spokesperson James Wellsted said engagement on the issue of wages was continuing.  Amplats spokesperson Jana Marais confirmed that Amcu had declared a dispute with the company, which was normal during wage negotiations.  “The matter is being dealt with through internal dispute resolution mechanisms,” Marais indicated.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Dineo Faku, which includes some details of the employers’ offers, at Business Report

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