Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

27 May 2014

South Africa: Platinum Strikes - Hope for the Next Step, but Which Way?

analysis

Almost a week after the Labour Court brought the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) back to the table with Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum, unconfirmed reports suggest the discussions have finalised. As we wait for word as to whether a deal could be reached, struggling communities have been receiving help.

AMCU Treasurer Jimmy Gama told Daily Maverick on Tuesday evening that discussions facilitated by the Labour Court had ended and weren't expected to continue on Wednesday. He couldn't provide further details as the parties were waiting for word from Judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker.

Judge Rabkin-Naicker took the unusual step of inviting the parties to resume discussions behind closed doors when the union went to court to try to prevent the mining companies from communicating directly with employees over issues related to the strike and the pay offer. The discussions began last Wednesday and lasted for five days. The parties have been tight-lipped on whether any progress has been made.

Charmane Russell, who is acting as spokesperson for the mining houses, said she couldn't confirm that discussions facilitated by Rabkin-Naiker wouldn't be resuming on Wednesday. She said that the parties continued their discussions on Tuesday....

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