The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has accused the platinum bosses of acting in bad faith.

Having formally rejected the latest wage offer, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa accused employers for withholding important information over wages and costs and argued that the union is unconvinced that its demands were unaffordable.

According to Mathunjwa, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has used inflated employee numbers in making projections on affordability, and “that amounts to bargaining in bad faith.” He argued that had Amplats used the correct figures, the two positions would have been “in negotiating range.”

He added that if the miners could not afford the demands, they should explain how they reached decisions on executive pay. Amcu has not altered its wage demand for R12 500 cash remuneration, excluding allowances within four years.

There appears to be no end in sight for the 15-week strike because Amcu leaders believe employers could offer more had they been willing to. Amplats, Lonmin and Impala Platinum (Implats) have most recently offered cash pay increases including allowances to R12 500 by 2017.

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