AMCU demands R17 000 minimum wage for workers in the platinum sector

AMCU demands R17 000 minimum wage for workers in the platinum sector

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has tabled a R17 000 minimum wage increase in negotiations with the platinum sector.

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As wage negotiations in the platinum sector begin, AMCU has requested a R17 000 minimum wage for their workers.

EWN reports that AMCU head, Joseph Mathunjwa, says the union has carried out feasibility studies and is confident that their demand will ease pressures put on their workers by an increase in the cost of living.

AMCU is the largest union in the sector and had accepted a 12.5% increase after first demanding 47% back in 2016.

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2014 had seen the union carrying out a five-month strike, devastating the South African economy with billions lost and some producers forced to close shafts.

This most recent demand is a drastic increase from the R12 500 demand that had mobilised the strike that led to the infamous Marikana massacre in 2012.

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