NewsSouthern AfricaSouth Africa: Small businesses suffer as miners strike enters 12th week

Thu,23Oct2014

Posted on Monday, 14 April 2014 14:22

South Africa: Small businesses suffer as miners strike enters 12th week

File Photo©ReutersAs paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder case takes centre stage in South Africa's media, a strike by thousands of mine workers continues unabated.

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, Amcu members have been on strike in the platinum sector since January 23.

 

Workers have lost millions of rand in wages and the platinum companies are losing revenue that now runs into hundreds of millions of dollars.

Everyone can see that it was a lie. We do not support the exploitation of workers' genuine demands

The strike is also now taking a toll on many small businesses in the surrounding communities in the Northwest Province.

Despite growing calls from government and mining bosses, Amcu is digging in its heels refusing to accept wage demands in a crippling platinum strike.

The strike that is in its 12th week has seen close to 80 000 workers on strike demanding a wage of 12 500 rand.

Platinum companies are offering a seven to nine percent pay increase in each of the next three years with other benefits over the next four years, but negotiations have so far proved unsuccessful.

The companies have accused Amcu of negotiating in bad faith it has not changed its position despite employers making some concessions.

Amcu seemed unperturbed and said its members remain determined to earn a "living wage".

Amcu has been engaging in marches to mining houses and government departments to deliver their demands but nothing has come of it thus far.

The union says it has not been called for any further talks regarding the strike.

Meanwhile, the South African Communist Party leader, Blade Nzimande says Amcu is misleading the striking workers.

"Everyone can see that it was a lie. We do not support the exploitation of workers' genuine demands," Nzimande said at a National Union of Mineworkers' shop stewards' council in Johannesburg over the weekend.



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