Johannesburg, South Africa — 14 June 2013 – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) in South Africa has revealed that it has delayed plans to strike at platinum producer Lonmin pending government-led crisis talks.
Fin24 quotes AMCU general secretary Jeff Mphahlele as saying: “Yes, we have delayed that strike. We are talking to the company.” He confirmed that the union would wait for today’s meeting between deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and key players in the mining industry.
Motlanthe is due to meet unions, mining bosses and government departments to try and ease tensions on the mines. AMCU said in a statement that it wanted to give him an opportunity of realising the challenges faced by its members.
On Wednesday Lonmin said it was confident it could reach a recognition agreement with Amcu and avert a strike. AMCU wants to be recognised as the majority union at Lonmin as it now represents over 70% of the workforce at the world’s third-largest platinum producer.
The company and the union have been in talks for the past two days but have so far failed to reach an agreement.
AMCU had said earlier in the week that it would serve Lonmin with a notice to strike if there was no agreement.
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