Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

20 May 2014

South Africa: Platinum Strikes - Let's See Yo' Cards, Boys

The world's top three platinum producers and South Africa's AMCU union agreed on Tuesday to resume wage talks aimed at ending a 17-week strike and to ... ( Resource: South Africa Platinum Firms, Striking Union Return To Mediated Talks

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The strike in the platinum sector is just shy of hitting four months, and the turmoil is reaching crescendo. Stakeholders remain outside the gate of resolution as a clamour of voices from competing forces continues to take us down the road to nowhere. As mining communities suffer, food parcels are deployed, a "hit list" circles, and companies play their hand, GREG NICOLSON & THAPELO LEKGOWA try to join the dots. Finally, they've taken us back to the bargaining table.

There's hope that there might be an end in sight for the strike after, on Tuesday afternoon, the parties had agreed to mediation by the Labour Court. The talks begin on Wednesday and will last for up to three days. The mediation will be overseen by Judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker, who presided over the attempt by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) to interdict Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum from communicating directly with employees, sending SMSes and other correspondence, about the strike.

Court proceedings stopped on Tuesday as lawyers for the parties entered into discussions with Rabkin-Naicker and it's understood the interdict attempt will be temporarily suspended during the mediation. The CEOs of the three platinum companies issued...

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