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By sylviahammond, 24 June, 2014

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has welcomed the announcement that the five-month-long strike in the platinum sector has ended, with workers due to resume their duties on Wednesday 25 June 2014. 

The president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Joseph Mathunjwa, on Monday said a wage deal and “the bulk” of the workers’ demands had been accepted by the mining companies involved.

Amcu accepted a wage settlement that will increase the salary of the lowest paid worker by R 1 000 over three years.

Salaries are set to increase by R1 000 in the first two years and in the third year, they will increase by R950.

The salary of officials and artisans would increase by 8% in the first year and by 7.5% in the second and third year.

While the living-out allowance will not be increased over the three-year period, other benefits will increase annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Amcu members at Lonmin,Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum went on strike on 23 January, demanding a monthly basic salary of R 12 500.

Extract from report by SAnews.gov.za


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