S. African Mine Companies to Meet With AMCU Union on Pay Talks

South African platinum miners will meet with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union on April 15 to encourage the group to join central bargaining over wages, an official from the country’s mining chamber said.

“It is known that AMCU has walked away from the negotiations,” Vusi Mabena, senior executive of stakeholder relations at the Chamber of Mines, said in a phone interview today in Johannesburg. “We are going to motivate” them to take part, he said.

South Africa’s Chamber of Mines represents mining companies and hosts annual wage talks between its members and labor unions. All platinum companies will be allowed into the negotiations, Mabena said.

Tensions between members of the National Union of Mineworkers and AMCU that contributed to violence last year at Lonmin Plc’s Marikana mine, continued on March 5 when workers refused to go underground, demanding the closure of NUM offices.

Companies have been talking to AMCU individually and the meeting “is a culmination of a number of activities to persuade AMCU to participate, Mabena said. “We don’t know what the outcome of that meeting will be.”

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