South African union presents new proposal to platinum producers

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JOHANNESBURG – A new proposal from African Association of Mineworkers and Union (AMCU) has been presented platinum producers with aim of ending a 19-week strike, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said.

proposal presented by Mineral Resources Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, at a Pretoria with CEOs of Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin Plc, DMR said latest update on renewed talks find a settlement the strike.

The CEOs of the three companies requested time consider the proposal as the resumed on .

No details of the proposal were given but Wednesday’s followed Ramatlhodi’s engagement with AMCU representatives on Tuesday, and formed part of an ongoing consultative process to resolve the current impasse wage negations the platinum belt North West Province.

Also on Wednesday, AMCU President, Joseph Mathunjwa, said the strike would continue until a settlement reached.

After meeting with mineworkers in Rustenburg, where the strike is taking place, Mathunjwa said the union steadfast in its demands.

Mathunjwa said he saw no end to the five-month, which contradicted his earlier remarks the strike could go on forever.

On Tuesday, AMCU indicated the protracted strike would end soon.

Ramatlhodi said earlier he was upbeat about ending the strike as progress had emerged in talks with representatives from AMCU.

The union said it was hopeful that the intervention from government would end the strike which started on Jan. 23, the longest industrial action in Africa’s mining history.

In previous talks, AMCU rejected a wage offer that would bring the striking workers’ cash remuneration to 1,200 dollars by July 2017.

The union demanded a basic salary of 12,500 rand a month, to be instituted immediately. (Xinhua/NAN)